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Susannah Cahalan

Best-Selling Author

BIO

Since her best-selling memoir Brain on Fire, where she chronicles her own struggles with modern medicine after being misdiagnosed with a serious mental illness, author and journalist Susannah Cahalan has become a leading voice on the treatment of rare diseases and mental illness in America. Brain on Fire has sold over a million copies, spent 56 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and was made into a feature film. Her forthcoming book The Great Pretender, which is about the history of psychiatry through the lens of one daring and mysterious undercover experiment, is out November 5, 2019. Jon Ronson called The Great Pretender “a great adventure—gripping, investigative" and Susan Orlean called it "Bold, brave and original."

Since her best-selling memoir Brain on Fire, where she chronicles her own struggles with modern medicine after being misdiagnosed with a serious mental illness, author and journalist Susannah Cahalan has become a leading voice on the treatment of rare diseases and mental illness in America. Brain on Fire has sold over a million copies, spent 56 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and was made into a feature film. Her forthcoming book The Great Pretender, which is about the history of psychiatry through the lens of one daring and mysterious undercover experiment, is out November 5, 2019. Jon Ronson called The Great Pretender “a great adventure—gripping, investigative" and Susan Orlean called it "Bold, brave and original."

Books & Media
The Great Pretender by Susannah CahalanBrain on Fire: My Month of Madness