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Physical illnesses with no apparent cause? A neurologist explains what they could tell you about your life




Katherine Streeter for NPR

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Book cover image from Other Press website.
Book cover image from Other Press website.

In the book, “Is It All in Your Head,” neurologist and first-time book author Suzanne O’Sullivan looks at the possible causes behind some physical illnesses – like unrelenting pain, seizures, periodic paralysis -- medical science has failed to explain the cause of.  

They are called psychosomatic diseases and are little-studied. But they cost the health care system a considerable amount of money. O’Sullivan looks at the role stress and past traumas play in the manifestation of these ailments.

BOOK EVENT:

Suzanne O’Sullivan will be discussing her new book on Wednesday, January 18, at Vroman’s in Pasadena. The event starts at 7:00 pm. For more information, click here

Guest: 

Suzanne O’Sullivan, a neurologist and author of the award-winning book, “Is It All in Your Head: True Stories of Imaginary Illness” (Other Press, 2017)