We're absolutely thrilled that Suzanne O'Sullivan's It's All in Your Head: True Stories of Imaginary Illness has reached the shortlist of the Wellcome Book Prize 2016. The book was published by Chatto & Windus.
"The 2016 shortlist showcases the breadth and depth of our encounters with medicine through six exceptional works of fiction and non-fiction," and the winner will be announced 25th April.
'Even if medical tests cannot explain your pain or tiredness or disability, it does not lessen your suffering. The pain of medically unexplained illness is every bit as real as any other and, if anything, is multiplied by the lack of understanding.'
Most of us accept the way our heart flutters when we set eyes on the one we secretly admire, or the sweat on our brow as we start the presentation we do not want to give. But few of us are fully aware of how dramatic our body’s reactions to emotions can sometimes be.
In It’s All in Your Head consultant neurologist Dr Suzanne O’Sullivan takes us on a journey through the very real world of psychosomatic illness. She takes us from the extreme -- from paralysis, seizures and blindness -- to more everyday problems such as tiredness and pain. Meeting her patients, she encourages us to look deep inside the human condition. There we find the secrets we are all capable of keeping from ourselves, and our age-old failure to credit the intimate and extraordinary connection between mind and body.
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