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Brainstorm by Suzanne O'Sullivan
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Oct 30, 2018 | ISBN 9781590518663

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Named a Best Book of the Year by The Guardian

“Brilliant…[a] beautifully humane account.” —The Guardian, Best Books of the Year

“Mesmerizing…a true gift to readers who may have brain injuries or disorders, and well beyond that population, to anyone interested in the brain and how its wounding shapes behavior.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A collection of probing and empathetic stories of difficult neurological cases…O’Sullivan is a skilled storyteller in the same league as Oliver Sacks.” —Kirkus Reviews
“[O’Sullivan] succeeds both in showing the brain as the most sophisticated of all puzzles and in giving a sense of the intricate problem solving that goes into the diagnosis and treatment of brain ailments…a valuable resource.” —Publishers Weekly

“A terrific follow-up [to Is It All in Your Head?]…In the space between cold diagnostic data and the personal challenges facing her patients, O’Sullivan’s sympathy, compassion and understanding come through…Brainstorm deserves a place on the same bookshelf [as The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat].” —Seattle Times

“A tremendously interesting work…wonderfully humane.” —The Telegraph

“A fascinating attempt to draw the lay reader into understanding more about the function and malfunction of the brain using real-life stories.” —The Times (UK)
“Fascinating…these profiles poignantly capture the indiscriminate nature of epilepsy and its wide-ranging manifestations. O’Sullivan’s prose strikes a balance between empathy and science, thoughtfully communicating each person’s story…Enlightening and humbling.” —Booklist

“As one would expect from a neurologist in the Oliver Sacks tradition, O’Sullivan is a sure guide to these maverick brains and strange auras.” —The Guardian

“Engaging and diverse…Brainstorm isn’t just a good read. It is full of interesting science, clearly described and carefully woven in with more anecdotal passages…an engrossing book written by a doctor whose primary interest is in her patients.” —The Lancet
“O’Sullivan is a calm and clear guide to the diagnostic methods (equal parts art and science) of modern neurology…one of the larger, more humane achievements of her book is to have broadened our sense of what a storm in the brain might look like, or feel like.” —Irish Times

“Tender, moving, and fascinating…This is a book about neurology, and how the function of our brains affects everything. But it is much more than that. Suzanne O’Sullivan’s real detective work is found in the gaps and spaces between doctor and patient, where she gets to the heart of who we are.” —Christie Watson, author of The Language of Kindness

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