Seized

Seized

By Eve Laplante

  • Release Date: 2016-03-22
  • Genre: Psychology
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Seized is a narrative portrait of a common brain disorder that can alter personality, illuminating the mind-body problem and the limits of free will. An invaluable resource for anyone touched by epilepsy, Seized gives first-hand accounts of three ordinary patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), explaining what they suffer and how they cope. The book also tells the stories of creative luminaries diagnosed with or suspected of having TLE, including van Gogh, Dostoevsky, Lewis Carroll, Saint Paul, and Flaubert. The psychological implications of Seized are, according to Publishers Weekly, “staggering.” Kirkus Reviews called the book “Fascinating . . . LaPlante’s descriptions of the human brain are wonderfully concrete, her historical research is well presented, and her empathy for TLE’s victims is clear.” In this “fascinating account of medical research,” Howard Gardner noted, “LaPlante shows how a brain scar may cause bizarre aggressive or sexual behavior—and works of profound creative imagination.”

“A major study . . . The implications for psychiatry are staggering.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“Fascinating . . . LaPlante’s descriptions of the human brain are wonderfully concrete, and her empathy for TLE’s victims is clear.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
“Thoughtful . . . Highly recommended.” —Library Journal (starred review)
 
“Lucid . . . Raises important questions and illustrates how difficult is the understanding of human creativity . . . Four stars.” —Los Angeles Times
 
“LaPlante show how a brain scar may cause bizarre aggressive or sexual behavior—and works of profound creative imagination.” —Howard Gardner
 
“Presents complex medical issues in the language of the lay person.” —EpilepsyUSA
“Compelling . . . Engrossing . . . Intriguing.” —Neurology Bulletin
 
“Recommended for all who seek to explore the mysteries of how the brain and mind interact.” —American Medical Writers Association
 
“My patients can’t get enough of Seized.” —Physician in New Jersey
 
“A wonderful book that I use in teaching and public speaking.” —Nurse in California
 
Readers with epilepsy comment . . .
“The book I needed to read—profound, brilliant, a great comfort.” —California
 
“After reading Seized I don’t feel alone anymore.” —Mississippi
 
“Once I started reading Seized I couldn’t put it down. It was like seeing myself, everything explained so clearly.” —Missouri
 
“Words cannot express how gratified I am to have discovered this wonderful book.” —California
 
Seized helped me understand and name my disease. Until now I was afraid I was going crazy. Thank you!” —Georgia
 
“Superb. . . . The best explanation of TLE I’ve seen . . . TLE is so often overlooked and its victims misdiagnosed; I hope Seized can change that.” —New Jersey
 
“This book has been my bible ever since my son was diagnosed with epilepsy.” —Trinidad

Eve LaPlante is the author of Marmee & Louisa, a dual biography of Louisa May Alcott and her mother, and the editor of My Heart Is Boundless, a collection of Alcott family papers. A New Englander with degrees from Princeton and Harvard, LaPlante wrote three previous books. Seized is a narrative portrait of a brain disorder that illuminates the mind-body problem. American Jezebel tells the true story of LaPlante’s ancestor, the colonial heretic and founding mother, Anne Hutchinson. Salem Witch Judge, LaPlante’s biography of the 1692 judge who became an abolitionist and feminist, won the Massachusetts Book Award for Nonfiction. Please visit with her at www.EveLaPlante.com.
 

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