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
While the author makes no mention of this, to me this book manages to highlight the stunning inequality in the US healthcare system. The author is wealthy, her children are well off, her son in law’s parents are wealthy; she is extremely well connected, white, and lives in D.C. giving her location advantage. She needed all these factors to survive.
Most of us in her health situation would be dead, but because she had means and access she has now survived 3 years out from her malignant melanoma d ...more
One day, Barbara Lipska, two time cancer survivor, doctor, and a researcher trying to discover physical markers of schizophrenia in the brain, puts a nice gloppy mass of henna on her hair, wraps it in plastic, and goes for a run. A very long run- we becomes disoriented and lost for quite a while. She returns with red dye running down her head and body, looking like a victim of a serious crime. Then she suddenly loses a quarter of her visual field. Despite being aware that this means something ba ...more
Dr. Barbara Lipska, a neuroscientist, moved her family from Poland to America for better educational and job opportunities. Readers learn that she is in charge of the National Institute of Mental Health Brain Bank where scientists study the brains of the deceased trying to understand mental illness and brain function.
Dr. Lipska shares her story of how the melanoma that she was treated for earlier in life came raging back in the form of tumors attacking her brain. Many of the tumors were located ...more
While this book was well-written, I found it surprising in several ways. I expected some deep insights on the part of the author about going through this significant period of suffering, but instead the story is simply about the triumph of science and (her own) human determination. Both are obviously important, but the author shares disappointingly little about what she may have learned about empathy or compassion or the deep lessons that only suffering can produce. What we get instead, is an en ...more
Barbara Lipska, a Polish-born neuroscientist who serves as director of the Human Brain Collection Core at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland, is a long-time researcher in the field of schizophrenia. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and melanoma in 2011, Lipska had gone on to enjoy good health and a very active lifestyle for several years. Although advised in 2011 that there was a 30% chance of the melanoma recurring, she was confident that she had beate ...more
fascinating recount of this woman's ordeal. I found her writing style hard to warm to, but her story is incredible and her resolve, tenacity, and resiliency are amazing
"I am a neuroscientist. For my entire career, I have studied mental illness. My specialty is schizophrenia. In June 2015, without warning, my own mind took a strange and frightening turn. As a result of metastatic melanoma in my brain, I began a descent into mental illness that lasted about two months."—Barbara K. Lipska
I really enjoy books about neuroscience and the brain. I think the book that really turned me on to the subject matter was Brain on Fire. Like that book, I read this one in two ...more
Many thanks go to Barbara Lipska, Houghton Mifflin, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.
If Brain on Fire had an impact on you then you must read this book
This woman was a Polish immigrant and of the highest intellect. She ran her own brain study clinic, which makes what happened to her all the more ironic. She was a strong athlete and excelled at several activities. She cooked dinner every night for her family. But she lost all of that and ...more