Brainstorm: Detective Stories from the World of Neurology

Brainstorm: Detective Stories from the World of Neurology

by Suzanne O'Sullivan


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Named a Best Book of the Year by The Guardian

A leading neurologist recounts some of her most astonishing, challenging cases, which demonstrate how crucial the study of epilepsy has been to our understanding of the brain.

Brainstorm follows the stories of people whose medical diagnoses are so strange even their doctor struggles to know how to solve them. A man who sees cartoon characters running across the room; a girl whose world suddenly seems completely distorted, as though she were Alice in Wonderland; another who transforms into a ragdoll whenever she even thinks about moving.

The brain is the most complex structure in the universe. Neurologists must puzzle out life-changing diagnoses from the tiniest of clues, the ultimate medical detective work. In this riveting book, Suzanne O'Sullivan takes you with her as she tracks the clues of her patients' symptoms. It's a journey that will open your eyes to the unfathomable intricacies of our brains and the infinite variety of human experience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590518663
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
Publication date: 10/30/2018
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,114,388
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Dr. Suzanne O'Sullivan is the author of Is It All in Your Head? (Other Press), which won the 2016 Wellcome Book Prize. She has been a consultant in neurology since 2004, working first at the Royal London Hospital and currently as a consultant in clinical neurophysiology and neurology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, as well as for a specialist unit based at the Epilepsy Society. She has developed expertise in working with patients with psychogenic disorders, alongside her work with those suffering from physical diseases, such as epilepsy.

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Arlyce More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book immensely! I am not a health professional (retired accountant) but I appreciated the detail of how our brains work. It is a fascinating read. She takes us through case studies of real people with baffling symptoms, sometimes quite bazaar, and she unravels each case like a detective, gathering evidence and forming opinions. What makes this book so great, is how patient, diligent and refreshigly humble Dr. O'Sullivan is in her approach to solving each mystery with the sole intent of helping her patients to live the best life they can. Living in the USA, it also reminded me of how broken our mental health care system is where most people would not have access to this type of long term treatment.