Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind : A Memoir of Madness and Recovery - Lipska, Barbara K.

Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind : A Memoir of Madness and Recovery

Barbara K. Lipska

Yayınevi: Corgi

Yayın tarihi: 02/2019

ISBN: 9780552174268

İngilizce | 208 Sayfa | 13,00 x 19,50 x 1,20 cm.

Tür: Psikoloji

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Ms. Lipska tells a horrifying tale of waking up one morning and not realizing it was inappropriate to take her morning run with hair dye and a plastic cap on her head. In retrospect, it was the first sign of something very, very wrong. Later, she realized she couldn't see her right hand, and realized that the vision in her right quadrant was missing. Most of us would have raced to the doctor/hospital at that point (especially where Ms. Lipska was a two-time cancer survivor), but her judgement was impaired enough that she worried about missing a conference and ski trip. A call to her doctor to humor her husband was met with alarm, not a chuckle and the hope she would enjoy herself (she really thought that!), she went for an MRI of her brain, which was arranged with amazing speed. One wonders if Ms. Lipska wasn't a reknowned neuroscientist, would she have gotten an MRI appointment so quickly.

Sadly, the imaging found three brain tumors, a recurrance of one of the cancers she had thought was gone. Ms. Lipski's sister is plugged into the Partners Medical Group (Some of Boston's most respected hospitals and physicians), and she was able to get Ms. Lipski a super-quick appointment. After a delay of a few days because of a blizzard, she began treatment. During this time, Ms. Lipski underwent what can only be described as a descent into madness. Everything we most value about ourselves, our personality and intellegence, was stripped from her.

Miraculously, Ms. Lipski recovered from her cancer, and more miraculously, recovered from the insanity she suffered while in its grip. But even though she has recovered, she remembers everything, which is incredibly unusual. She is now in the nearly unique position of a person who is able to tell what she was thinking and feeling while insane.

The book grabbed me in the first few pages and was unwilling to let me go until I finished, and I find myself thinking of some of the small details afterward. She does a wonderful job of communicating her horror at remembering her bout with insanity, and her relief at recovering. It is her feelings and descriptions of them that makes the book fascinating.

This is a quick read, only a few hours, but those hours will be quite intense. I myself was so engrossed in the book that I snapped at my husband for announcing dinner was ready. If you have the least interest in the mind and its workings, I think you will find this book impossible to put down.

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