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"Oliver Sacks-meets-When Breath Becomes Air ... Barbara Lipska's remarkable story illuminates the many mysteries of our fragile yet resilient brains."

LISA GENOVA, bestselling author of Still Alice and Every Note Played


"A spellbinding investigation into the mysteries of the human brain, led by a scientist whose tenacity is as remarkable as her story.” 

AMANDA RIPLEY, New York Times bestselling author of The Smartest Kids in the World and The Unthinkable 


“A superb memoir from a highly respected neuroscientist who is uniquely qualified to describe her titanic battle against malignant melanoma of the brain.  Barbara Lipska clearly believes in those miracles that can be achieved through medical science, and also has an iron resolve to survive.  Both qualities underpin this remarkable account of sanity lost and regained.” 

FRANK VERTOSICK, author of When the Air Hits Your Brain


"An extraordinary chronicle.  Barbara Lipska's story is inspiring and painful, but most of all it is a tribute to the human spirit told with the insight of a scientist and the love of a truly compassionate soul.  I was hooked from the first page and could not put this down until the final sentence." 

THOMAS INSEL, co-founder and president of Mindstrong Health and former director of the National Institute of Mental Health

British Edition

"In this fascinating book, a neuroscientist describes the terrifying symptoms she suffered as a result of multiple brain tumours. We learn about how the brain can produce bizarre and bewildering symptoms from the point of view of someone who has personal experience of aspects of the mental illness that she spends her life studying...

Completely compelling and powerful, and hard to put down."

SARAH-JAYNE BLAKEMORE, author of Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain

"A riveting science story about how brains go bad, interwoven with the remarkable personal story of one brain going spectacularly bad. A total nail-biter."
LISA SANDERS, New York Times bestselling author of Every Patient Tells a Story

German Edition

Die Hirnforscherin, die den Verstand verlor: Was mich mein Hirntumor über das Wesen der menschlichen Persönlichkeit lehrte. Die Geschichte einer unglaublichen Heilung