A Brain Wider Than the Sky

A Brain Wider Than the Sky : A Migraine Diary

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With more than one in ten Americans affected, the phenomenon of migraine is widely prevalent and often ignored or misdiagnosed. By his mid-forties, Andrew Levy's migraines were occasional reminders of a persistent illness that he'd wrestled with half his life. Then, in 2006, Levy was struck almost daily by a series of debilitating migraines that kept him essentially bedridden for months. When possible, Levy kept careful track of what triggered an onset - the 'thin, taut' pain from drinking a bourbon, the stabbing pulse brought on by a few too many M&M's - and in luminous prose recounts his struggle to live with migraines, his meticulous attempts at calibrating his lifestyle to combat and avoid them, and the personal relationship a migraineur develops with the pain, delirium, and hallucinations. Levy read about personalities and artists throughout history with migraine - Alexander Pope, Nietzsche, Freud, Virginia Woolf, even Elvis - and researched the treatments for migraine sufferers. He candidly describes his rehabilitation with the aid of prescription drugs and his eventual re-emergence into the world, back to work and writing.
An enthralling blend of memoir and provocative analysis, A Brain Wider Than the Sky offers rich insights into an illness whose effects are too often discounted and whose sufferers are too often overlooked.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 446g
  • East Roseville, Australia
  • English
  • 1416572503
  • 9781416572503
  • 2,025,789

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