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It's All in Your Head True Stories of Imaginary Illness by Dr. Suzanne O'Sullivan
  

It's All in Your Head True Stories of Imaginary Illness

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Shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Non-Fiction Award 2016.

Winner of the the 2016 Wellcome Book Prize.

We accept our hearts can flutter with excitement and our brows can sweat with nerves, but on this journey into the very real world of psychosomatic illness, Suzanne O'Sullivan finds the secrets we are all capable of keeping from ourselves.

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It's All in Your Head True Stories of Imaginary Illness by Dr. Suzanne O'Sullivan

Pauline first became ill when she was fifteen. What seemed to be a urinary infection became joint pain, then life-threatening appendicitis. After a routine operation Pauline lost all the strength in her legs. Shortly afterwards, convulsions started. But Pauline's tests are normal: her symptoms seem to have no physical cause whatsoever. This may be an extreme case, but Pauline is not alone. As many as a third of people visiting their GP have symptoms that are medically unexplained. In most, an emotional root is suspected which is often the last thing a patient wants to hear and a doctor to say.


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Reviews

'Doctors tales of their patients weirder afflictions have been popular since Oliver Sacks ... Few of them, however, are as bizarre or unsettling, as those described in this extraordinary and extraordinarily compassionate book' -- James McConnachie Sunday Times

'An important study of psychosomatic illness, which shows it to be a serious disease of modern society: misunderstood, misdiagnosed and surrounded by fear' -- Louise Carpenter Telegraph

'An extraordinary book... an important one too' -- Kathryn Hughes, 5 stars Mail on Sunday

'Honest, fascinating and necessary' -- David Aaronovitch The Times

'This vital, engaging book... holds its own with recent bestsellers Do No Harm, the memoir of a neurosurgeon, and The Examined Life, by psychiatrist Stephen Grosz' -- Hermione Eyre Newsweek

About the Author

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, and for a specialist unit based at the Epilepsy Society. In that role she has developed an expertise in working with patients with psychogenic disorders alongside her work with those suffering with physical diseases such as epilepsy. Suzanne's book about psychosomatic illness, It's All in Your Head, was shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize in 2016.

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Book Info

Publication date

14th April 2016

Author

Dr. Suzanne O'Sullivan

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Publisher

Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

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Coping with illness & specific conditions

ISBN

9780099597858

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