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

Barbara Lipska and Elaine McArdle


The story of a Polish scientist who came to America to study the brain, this account of the author’s battle with melanoma is a fascinating account of how little we really know about the brain. Recovering from the effects of melanoma on her personality, Lipska describes her descent into madness with the clarity and objective attitude that informs her scientific work.

The author is blessed with family members who are doctors and connected with researchers into her disease. Their support and love help pull her through this most difficult struggle, and at the same time, they are oblivious to the changes that she is undergoing as the disease progresses.

Her description of her sickness and recovery are a fascinating account of one woman’s illness and recovery from a rare and deadly disease.

I received an advance reader’s copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review.


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