December 6, 2012

Check out my interview with the esteemed Leonard Lopate here. He’s so skilled at  challenging and comforting you all at once.

December 1, 2012

I just loved every minute of this QandA with science writer Jennifer Kahn (if you want to read some incredible writing, check out her article on young psychopaths.)

The art, too, is pretty fantastic.

I hope you enjoy this piece. I think it’s highly informative and interesting, too. Check it out here

December 1, 2012

Booklist picked “Brain on Fire” as a “top 10 Science and Health book of 2012.” See here.

I’m in tremendous company. Also on the list: “Spillover” by David Quammen (which I’ve heard tremendous things about, and is on my pile of books to read), “Triggered: A Memoir of OCD” by Fletcher Wortmann, and “An Epidemic of Absence” by Moises Velasquez-Manoff.


November 29, 2012

Leslie Jamison’s THE NEW REPUBLIC piece is a must-read for anyone interested in journalism, issues of memory and objectivity, or lovers of the great book “The Night of the Gun.”  Read it here

November 16, 2012

Check out Scientific American‘s Mind and Brain excerpt of “Brain on Fire.”

They happened to pick one of my favorite chapters in the book: “Dalmau’s Disease,” when the history of the discovery of anti-NMDA-receptor autoimmune encephalitis is revealed.

Check it out here

November 15, 2012

“The best journalists prize distance and objectivity, so it’s not surprising that the most difficult subject for a news writer is probably herself. And although she’s young, Cahalan belongs firmly to the old school of reporters — she writes with an incredible sense of toughness and a dogged refusal to stop digging into her past, even when it profoundly hurts.”

Check out the full review (by far my favorite) by Michael Schaub HERE


November 14, 2012

What an experience. I’m a huge fan of Fresh Air and tried my best to restrain the inner fan girl aching to burst out. Luckily, I was able to control myself. And I think the interview went wonderfully. We really touched on some unique points and I’m just blown away by the amount of time Fresh Air dedicated to telling my story. Listen to the interview here

November 14, 2012

I’m so sorry, Dad.  That’s basically what I think when I watch my Katie Couric interview. It was an incredible experience. Katie Couric is an outrageously gifted interviewer and a consummate professional — but she made my dad cry. When I watch it, my heart just goes out to him. Hopefully, one day he’ll forgive me for making him cry on national television. But, really, Katie it’s all your fault!

Check out some clips of the Katie Show here.

And my “Dr. House,” Dr. Souhel Najjar (also featured on the show!) weighs on on anti-NMDA-receptor autoimmune encephalitis here.

Also, check out a sample chapter from “Brain on Fire” here.

November 13, 2012

This day was so special. Emily, Bill and I visited the Today Show to talk about how the Today Show and my Post article helped to get Emily diagnosed with anti-NMDA-receptor autoimmune encephalitis. I had a hard time keeping myself together on camera, especially since it was the first time that I saw the video footage of Emily in the hospital on a ventilator.  It was a rough image, and watching Bill’s face crumpling as he looked on to his now healthy daughter, was almost too much. In the end, though, this segment is testament to the fact that sometimes out of our darkest moments comes light.

(Plus, as a side bar, we got to meet Padma Lakshmi and Nick Cannon in the cramped greenroom).



November 10, 2012

Here you’ll find some magazine reviews of “Brain on Fire”:

Chosen as one of O MAGAZINE’s “Ten Titles to Pick Up Now” in its November 2012 issue.

“This fascinating memoir by a young New York Post reporter… describers how she crossed the line between sanity and insanity… Cahalan expertly weaves together her own story and relevant scientific information… compelling.”

BOOKLIST (starred review)


“Compelling… a New York Post reporter recounts her medical nightmare.”



“Cahalan’s account is swift and haunting and holds relevance beyond her dramatic case.”



“For the neurologist, I highly recommend this book on several grounds…First, it is a well-told story, worth reading for the suspense and the dramatic cadence of events…Second, it is a superb case study of a rare neurologic diagnosis; even experienced neurologists will find much to learn in it…Third, and most important, it gives the neurologist insight into how a patient and her family experienced a complex illness, including the terrifying symptoms, the difficult pace of medical diagnosis, and the slow recovery. This story clearly contains lessons for all of us.”







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