A gripping investigation into an extraordinary medical phenomenon from the prize-winning author of It's Not All In Your Head.
Dr Suzanne O'Sullivan has been a consultant in neurology since 2004, first working at the Royal London Hospital and now as a consultant in clinical neurophysiology and neurology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. She specializes in the investigation of complex epilepsy and also has an active interest in psychogenic disorders. Suzanne's first book, It's All in Your Head, won both the Wellcome Book Prize and the Royal Society of Biology Book Prize and her critically acclaimed Brainstorm was published in 2018.
O'Sullivan's beautifully written book interweaves the stories of
those afflicted in this way around the world, in a travelogue of
illness that is ultimately a travelogue of our own irrational,
suggestible minds . . . It is a measure of how effective O'Sullivan
is at describing the dilemmas and difficulties of treating
psychosomatic conditions that, by the end, a visit to a witch
doctor begins to feel like the most sensible medical intervention
in the book. -- Tom Whipple * The Times *
O'Sullivan travels the world collecting fascinating stories of culture-bound syndromes, which she relays with nuance and sensitivity. -- Alice Robb * New Statesman *
By making social problems visible on the body, O'Sullivan
believes, these conditions allow voiceless people to make
themselves heard. Perhaps this eloquent and convincing book will be the start of making people in authority listen, make change and help.