The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: A Memoir of Madness and Recovery
'Oliver Sacks-meets-When Breath Becomes Air ... Barbara Lipska's remarkable story illuminates the many mysteries of our fragile yet resilient brains.' LISA GENOVA, bestselling author of Still Alice and Every Note Played
In January 2015 renowned neuroscientist Barbara Lipska's melanoma spread to her brain - which then started to play tricks on her. The expert on mental illness, who had spent a career trying to work out how the brain operates and what happens when it fails, experienced what it is like to go mad.
She began to exhibit paranoia and schizophrenia-like symptoms. She became disinhibited, completely unaware of her inappropriate behaviour. She got lost driving home from work, a journey she did every day. She couldn't remember things that had just happened to her. Small details like what she was having for breakfast became an obsession, but she ignored the fact that she was about to die. And she remembers every moment with absolute clarity.
Weaving the science of the mind and the biology of the brain into her deeply personal story, this is a powerful story about what happens when the brain fails.
"Fascinating and irresistibly page-turning, The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind is an Oliver Sacks-meets-When Breath Becomes Air account of insanity caused by over a dozen brain tumors. Barbara Lipska's remarkable story illuminates the many mysteries of our fragile yet resilient brains and through her harrowing journey of recovery, she shows us that nothing is impossible." * Lisa Genova, bestselling author of Still Alice and Every Note Played * "An extraordinary chronicle. Barbara Lipska's story is inspiring and painful, but most of all it is a tribute to the human spirit told with the insight of a scientist and the love of a truly compassionate soul. I was hooked from the first page and could not put this down until the final sentence." * Thomas Insel, co-founder and president of Mindstrong Health and former director of the National Institute of Mental Health * "A spellbinding investigation into the mysteries of the human brain, led by a scientist whose tenacity is as remarkable as her story." * Amanda Ripley, New York Times bestselling author of The Smartest Kids in the World and The Unthinkable * "A superb memoir from a highly respected neuroscientist ... [a] remarkable account of sanity lost and regained." * Dr Frank Vertosick, author of When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery *