The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery

The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery

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, w Neuroscientist Lipska was diagnosed early in 2015 with metastatic melanoma in her brain's frontal lobe. As the cancer pro...

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Title:The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery
Author:Barbara K. Lipska
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:1328787303
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:208 pages pages

The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery Reviews

  • Melanie
    Apr 02, 2018
    Barbara Lipska's memoir could have been harrowing. Instead, the reader is filled with awe as she reads about the way a brain melanoma can affect one's personality, abilities, and sense of self, told by a woman who is both a brain researcher and an educator. Many of the symptoms that we...
  • Lisa
    Dec 14, 2017
    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...
  • Mary
    May 05, 2018
    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 m...
  • Laurie
    Mar 19, 2018
    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 qui...
  • Jenn Warner
    Apr 11, 2018
    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 ...
  • Petra X
    Apr 09, 2018
    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...
  • Ari
    Mar 28, 2018
    Interesting read about a neuroscientist who has to go a procedure for tumors in her brain and how it affected her. What an incredible woman, who went through so much. Some of this was a bit much to read, with a lot of the medical talk that went over my head, but otherwise I found it gr...
  • Eve
    May 17, 2018
    "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 la...
  • Eleanor
    Mar 29, 2018
    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 w...
  • Canadian Reader
    Apr 23, 2018
    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 melanom...
  • Barbara
    Jun 01, 2018
    3.5 stars Barbara Lipska was born, raised, and educated in Poland before she immigrated to the United States in 1989 to do post-doctoral studies at Maryland's 'National Institute of Mental Health' (NIMH). In 2013 Lipska became 'Director of the Human Brain Collection Core' at NIMH,...
  • Katie Reynolds
    Apr 29, 2018
    So unfortunately I went into this book with the comparison to Brain on Fire by Susannah Callahan. This book, is not that. I loved Brain on Fire and was thoroughly engaged. Although I was engaged in this book, I found myself becoming a little bored due to the repetitive nature of her wr...
  • Wendy Cosin
    Apr 22, 2018
    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 wit...
  • GONZA
    Mar 14, 2018
    As a clinical psychotherapist I enjoyed this book a lot, mostly of course, because she survived and she is fine, but her tale was brilliant and interesting and gave me many insights about the "right way" to handle situation like those she was living. Come psicoterapeuta e psicologa ...
  • Biljana
    Mar 11, 2018
    The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind is a fascinating memoir. Barbara Lispska is an inspiring woman; she is a high-level scientist who is a two-time cancer survivor (breast cancer and melanoma). This memoir details her battle with cancer (melanoma) that has metastasized to her brain. L...
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    May 10, 2018
    Netgalley #47 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....
  • Valerity (Val)
    Mar 29, 2018
    A very good book written by multiple cancer survivor Barbara Lipska, who is such an accomplished lady. She is the head of the brain bank at NIMH (National Institute of M. H.) in and has studied the brain for over 30 years. Until one day hers seemingly went haywire and she had to go and...
  • Kait
    Feb 23, 2018
    As the step-parent of a child with mental illness, I've often wondered what is really going on in his head. Granted, he suffers from autism as well, but there was so much cross-over between Barbara Lipska's experiences and what I see with my stepson. The idea that every human is just o...
  • Cindy Leighton
    Apr 14, 2018
    Having lost a close friend to melanoma, I was drawn first to this book by my curiosity about how she beat metastatic melanoma. But she quickly reeled me in with her fascinating story of extreme personality changes she endured, but didn't recognize herself, as tumors slowly squashed and...
  • Dorothea
    Mar 28, 2018
    I received an ARC of "THE NEUROSCIENCTIST WHO LOST HER MIND" from NetGalley for an honest review. I wish to thank NetGalley, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Barbara Lipska/Elaine McArdlie for the opportunity to read this book. This book was so exciting for me to think about reading. ...
  • Meredith
    Apr 28, 2018
    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. givin...
  • Rana
    May 07, 2018
    Guys. Guys. You know I love medical memoirs, right? Like with the force of a thousand x-rays. Well, this one really struck a nerve and it wasn't the good kind. I think I might be done with them for a while. I realized something about midway through this one, that most medical memoi...
  • Robert
    May 06, 2018
    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 Lips...
  • Tracy
    May 01, 2018
    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. ...
  • Wendyjune
    May 08, 2018
    This book that did not appeal to me, it had a lot of ego and back patting in it. I mean who are these people? Obsessed with fitness, ducking around skiing all over the place or doing triathlons and massive training, all amazing, loving kind, with perfect children, grandchildren and l...
  • SundayAtDusk
    Mar 04, 2018
    "Everything we dream, think, feel and do--everything that makes us who we are--comes from the brain. We are our brains."--Barbara K. Lipska, Ph.D. Those two lines near the end of this book explains why I can't totally embrace Dr. Lipska's story. Not surprisingly, she thinks like a s...
  • A. D. Paventi
    Feb 03, 2018
    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 a...
  • Lisa Hosack
    May 23, 2018
    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. Bot...
  • Robin Bonne
    Feb 21, 2018
    Barbara Lipska suffered multiple melanoma tumors in her brain that caused neurological problems while she underwent different treatments for them. Her understanding of the human brain, coupled with her own experience with the side effects of mental illness, makes her story insightful a...
  • Becky
    Apr 19, 2018
    Interesting story, but not particularly well written. The style was very factual and chronological. It reads like it was written by a scientist used to writing scientific papers (which it was!). It finally picked up in the last 40 pages. I would recommend Susannah Calahan's book over t...