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Author: Susannah Cahalan
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2013. ©2012
Edition/Format:   Large print book : English : Center Point large print editionView all editions and formats
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One day in 2009, twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a strange hospital room, strapped to her bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. A wristband marked her as a "flight risk," and her medical records--chronicling a monthlong hospital stay of which she had no memory at all--showed hallucinations, violence, and dangerous instability. Cahalan tells the astonishing true story of her  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Large type books
Biography
Case studies
Named Person: Susannah Cahalan; Susannah Cahalan
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susannah Cahalan
ISBN: 9781611736786 1611736781
OCLC Number: 822971485
Description: 399 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
Contents: Crazy. Bedbug blues --
The girl in the black lace bra --
Carota --
The wrestler --
Cold roses --
America's most wanted --
On the road again --
Out-of-body experience --
A touch of madness --
Mixed episodes --
Keppra --
The ruse --
Buddha --
Search and seizure --
The clock. The Capgras delusion --
Postictal fury --
Multiple personality disorder --
Breaking news --
Big man --
The slope of the line --
Death with interruptions --
A beautiful mess --
Dr. Najjar --
IVIG --
Blue devil fit --
The clock --
Brain biopsy --
Shadowboxer --
Dalmau's disease --
Rhubarb --
The big reveal --
90 percent --
Homecoming --
California dreamin' --
In search of lost time. The videotape --
Stuffed animals --
Wild at heart --
Friends --
Within normal limits --
Umbrella --
Chronology --
Infinite jest --
NDMA --
Partial return --
The five Ws --
Grand rounds --
The exorcist --
Survivor's guilt --
Hometown boy makes good --
Ecstatic --
Flight risk? --
Madame X --
The purple lady.
Responsibility: Susannah Cahalan.

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One day in 2009, twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a strange hospital room, strapped to her bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. A wristband marked her as a "flight risk," and her medical records--chronicling a monthlong hospital stay of which she had no memory at all--showed hallucinations, violence, and dangerous instability. Cahalan tells the astonishing true story of her inexplicable descent into madness and the brilliant, lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn't happen. A team of doctors would spend a month--and more than a million dollars--trying desperately to pin down a medical explanation for what had gone wrong. Then, at the last minute, celebrated neurologist Souhel Najjar joined her team and, with the help of a lucky, ingenious test, saved her life. He recognized the symptoms of a newly discovered autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks the brain, a disease now thought to be tied to both schizophrenia and autism, and perhaps the root of "demonic possessions" throughout history.

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