Zoom Event: Cup of Crime Book Club – The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind by Barbara Lipska

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

At the height of her career, Barbara Lipska—a leading expert on the neuroscience of mental illness—was diagnosed with melanoma that had spread to her brain. Within months, her frontal lobe, the seat of cognition, began shutting down. She exhibited dementia- and schizophrenia-like symptoms that terrified her family and coworkers. But miraculously, the immunotherapy her doctors prescribed worked, and Lipska returned to normal. With one difference: she remembered her brush with madness with exquisite clarity. Lipska draws on her extraordinary experience to explain how mental illness, brain injury, and age can distort our behavior, personality, cognition, and memory. She tells what it is like to experience these changes firsthand. And she reveals what parts of us remain, even when so much else is gone.

Due to Covid-19, The Cup of Crime Book Club has limited access to borrow books from other library systems for book clubs. We will be reading some books that are not mysteries or true crime.

Please join us as we discuss this true story. The Cup of Crime Book Club meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. To join the Zoom meeting, send an email to Maggie Gosney at mgosney@cc-pl.org.


Age Range:   Adult

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