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...
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The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery Reviews
After a book reading by a neighborhood author at my local library yesterday, I spotted this book on the New Books rack. The title seemed very familiar, but it was the author's name that reminded me of why I knew the book. Last week I listened to a Smart People podcast with Barbara Lipska. I was driving a non-autonomous vehicle, so I wasn't easily able to take a note to remind myself to get a copy of the book. My fellow drivers hopefully appreciated that.
Lipska is the director of the Human Brain ...more
So, as soon as I started reading this I was reminded of Brain on Fire. While I did end up skimming through a lot of the technical jargon, overall I did enjoy reading this book. I think the main character is an amazingly brave woman, and I admired her chutzpah while she was dealt blow after blow.
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, and her harrowing journey and astonishing recovery shows us that nothing is impossible.
—Lisa Genova, New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice and Every Note Played
This is a fascinating narrative by a brilliant overachiever, Type A woman who is not particularly likeable but who has incredible drive to try to lick melanoma, which is metastasizing in her brain at a frightful pace. There's quite a bit of boring recitation of all the marathons, iron mans, triathlons, and other extreme sports that she is mastering in her early sixties. She's a brain researcher, not interested in being anybody's buddy. A pretty bloodless scientist.
The part I found fascinating wa ...more
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 everything, always cooked a home-made dinner (until she couldn't). She tells us all this repeatedly and it is one of the reasons I didn't warm to her. Is this to contrast her off-the-wall behaviour when she was ill?
The author was not mad, she had deficits more in line with loss of function rather than ...more
Barbara Lipska’s memoir was an engaging, quick, educational read. She writes about the brain science in a way I could understand.
Of most interest for me was a glimpse into what it was like inside her head during brain swelling and other frontal cortex issues. I have a friend with FTD, so it was helpful to gain some understanding about how she feIt during the time that her behavior had changed, as well as her inability to recognize the changes.
One thing that surprised me is that her family didn ...more
I thought this was fascinating and went a long way to describe the inner workings of someone who's brain is undergoing changes, disease, etc. She must have taken marvelous notes about how she was feeling to be able to come back and tell us this story.
Several years ago I had a nasty fall and suffered a mild (but nonetheless) traumatic brain injury. Although I had a very good recovery, it is also true that I have never been the same. My intellectual abilities, while never terribly impressive, were and are intact. My ability to cope with strong emotions, small frustrations, and competing visual and auditory stimuli, however, was altered.
I'm only sharing that because since my accident happened, I've been fascinated by how the brain works and ho ...more