This is a new book in the Psychology Press series, ‘After Brain Injury: Survivor Stories’ edited by Barbara Wilson. Life After Encephalitis starts with a chapter about what encephalitis is and what it does. It then moves on to explaining the history and the value of using narratives in medicine in placing the patient in a central role in their healthcare. The remaining chapters explore the effect of encephalitis on the survivors themselves and members of their family. Ava makes the hard science of encephalitis accessible for all readers. The personal stories convey the trauma of the illness and the struggle of dealing with on-going health issues and authorities for continued support. Well worth a read whether you are a clinician, carer, someone who has suffered from encephalitis or just interested in how people deal with devastating illness.
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