Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness Setting & Symbolism

Susannah Cahalan
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The New York Post

Susannah Cahalan worked as a reporter in the newsroom of the New York Post, which was established by Alexander Hamilton in 1801.

Washington University

Susannah attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. When she was a senior there, she got an exclusive interview with Michael Devlin who was a notorious kidnapper and pedophile.

New York University Medical School

Susannah was admitted to NYU Medical School's hospital after doctors were unable to identify what was wrong with her. She stayed there for twenty-eight days.

University of Pennsylvania

After a brain biopsy, Susannah's specimens were sent to Dr. Josep Dalmau at the University of Pennsylvania for analysis. He was able to confirm that her brain was inflamed.

Capgras Syndrome

Susannah suffered from Capgras Syndrome which is defined as having hallucinations that people the patient knows are turning into different people.

The Clock Test

Dr. Najjar suspected that...

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