The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery

The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery

Neuroscientist Lipska was diagnosed early in 2015 with metastatic melanoma in her brain's frontal lobe. As the cancer progressed and was treated, the author experienced behavioral and cognitive symptoms connected to a range of mental disorders, including her professional specialty, schizophrenia. Lipska's family and associates were alarmed by the changes in her behavior, which she failed to acknowledge herself. Gradually, after a course of immunotherapy, Lipska returned to normal functioning, recalled her experience and, through her knowledge of neuroscience, identified the ways in which her brain changed during treatment. Lipska admits her condition was unusual; after recovery she was able to return to her research and resume her athletic training and compete in a triathalon. Most patients with similar brain cancers rarely survive to describe their ordeal. Lipska's memoir, coauthored with journalist McArdle, shows that strength and courage but also a encouraging support network are vital to recovery

Title:The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery
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  • Petra X

    This book made very little sense. The author is an intellectual high-achieving scientist in a family of high-achievers, and what's more she's a top athlete too and a fantastic homemaker who despite ev...

  • Barbara

    3.5 starsBarbara Lipska was born, raised, and educated in Poland before she immigrated to the United States in 1989 to do post-doctoral studies at Maryland's 'National Institute of Mental Health' (NIM...

  • Rana

    Guys. Guys. You know I love medical memoirs, right? Like with the force of a thousand x-rays. Well, this one really struck a nerve and it wasn't the good kind. I think I might be done with them for a ...

  • Canadian Reader

    Barbara Lipska, a Polish-born neuroscientist who serves as director of the Human Brain Collection Core at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland, is a long-time researcher in th...

  • Eve

    "I am a neuroscientist. For my entire career, I have studied mental illness. My specialty is schizophrenia. In June 2015, without warning, my own mind took a strange and frightening turn. As a result...

  • Valerity (Val)

    A very good book written by multiple cancer survivor Barbara Lipska, who is such an accomplished lady. She is the head of the brain bank at NIMH (National Institute of M. H.) in and has studied the br...

  • Meredith

    While the author makes no mention of this, to me this book manages to highlight the stunning inequality in the US healthcare system. The author is wealthy, her children are well off, her son in law’...

  • Lisa

    Oliver Sacks meets When Breath Becomes Air in this fascinating, page-turning account of insanity. Barbara Lipska's remarkable story illuminates the many mysteries of our fragile yet resilient brains, ...

  • BAM The Bibliomaniac

    Netgalley #47Many thanks go to Barbara Lipska, Houghton Mifflin, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.If Brain on Fire had an impact on you then you must rea...

  • Krista

    This book is an account of what mental illness looks like from the inside. But it is also a map of my evolution as a scientist and as a person. It is the story of an incredible journey, one from whic...