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Susannah Cahalan (born 1985) is an American journalist and author, known for writing the memoir Brain on Fire, about her hospitalization with a rare auto-immune disease, anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis.[1][2][3] She has worked for the New York Post.[4]

Susannah Cahalan
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Cahalan in 2014
Born1985 (age 33–34)
ResidenceNew York City
Occupationjournalist, author
Notable work
Brain on Fire
Spouse(s)Stephen Grywalski (m. 2015)

A feature film based on her memoir was released in June 2018 on Netflix. Chloë Grace Moretz played the role of Cahalan.[5][6]

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  1. ^ "'Brain on Fire' by Susannah Cahalan". AAMCNews. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  2. ^ Kahn, Jennifer. "Under Attack: One Woman's Terrifying Battle With an Auto-Immune Disease". Retrieved July 30, 2015.
  3. ^ Cadwalladr, Carole (January 13, 2013). "Susannah Cahalan: 'What I remember most vividly is, the fear and anger'". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  4. ^ "A Young Reporter Chronicles Her 'Brain On Fire'". Fresh Air. NPR. November 14, 2012. Retrieved July 30, 2015.
  5. ^ Brain on Fire (2016) on IMDb
  6. ^ Kilday, Gregg (July 13, 2015). "Broad Green to Produce Chloe Grace Moretz Starrer 'Brain on Fire'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 19, 2015.

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