Reissuing of Bestseller Bring Important Updates to Serious Condition


Recently Kevin Price, Host of the nationally syndicated Price of Business Show, interviewed Susannah Cahalan.

On a recent Price of Business Host Kevin Price visited with NY Times bestselling author Susannah Cahalan.

An award-winning memoir and instant New York Times bestseller that goes far beyond its riveting medical mystery, BRAIN ON FIRE: My Month of Madness (10th anniversary reissue) is the powerful account of one woman’s struggle to recapture her identity.


According to a statement, “One day in 2009, 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 month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory—showed hallucinations, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet only weeks earlier, she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a promising career as a cub reporter at a major New York newspaper. BRAIN ON FIRE is Susannah Cahalan’s astonishing true story of her inexplicable descent into lunacy and the brilliant, lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn’t happen.


“As weeks ticked by without an answer as to why Susannah was suddenly so gravely ill, her family, boyfriend, and friends helplessly stood watch as she began to move inexorably through psychosis into catatonia and, ultimately, towards death. After a million dollars worth of medical tests revealed nothing, hope seemed lost until she was rescued by the lucky, ingenious intervention of an extraordinary doctor, Souhel Najjar (whom her family nicknamed “Dr. House”). Recognizing that Susannah had the symptoms of a newly-discovered autoimmune disorder, he asked her to draw one simple sketch of a clock, which became key to diagnosing her with anti-NMDA-receptor encephalitis. “Her brain is on fire,” Dr. Najjar said. Indeed, Susannah’s body was waging a full-scale attack on her brain.


“In BRAIN ON FIRE, Susannah chronicles her breathtaking descent into madness, the terrifying loss of identity it entailed, and the moving account of her family and boyfriend’s refusal to give up hope. Using all her considerable journalistic skills, and building from hospital records and surveillance video, interviews with family and friends, and moving excerpts from her father’s journal, Susannah pieces together the story of her “lost month” to write an unforgettable memoir abort memory and identity, faith and love that has already become a classic.”

About the Author

Susannah Cahalan is an award-winning #1 New York Times bestselling author, journalist, and public speaker. Her 2012 memoir, Brain on Fire has sold over a million copies and was made into a Netflix original movie. Her second book, The Great Pretender was shortlisted for the 2020 Royal Society’s Science Book Prize. She has written for The New York Times, New York Post, Elle, The New Scientist, and BBC’s Focus, as well as academic journals The Lancet and Biological Psychiatry. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and twin toddlers.


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