“Life After Encephalitis” a new book by Dr. Ava Easton

March 16, 2016


Dr. Ava Easton, a health scientist and researcher specializing in encephalitis, acquired brain injury, and neuro-narratives, and a friend of the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance, has recently published a book titled Life After Encephalitis: A Narrative Approach. We are grateful that she contacted us about sharing this important work with patients, friends, caregivers and the medical community.

Life After Encephalitis provides unique insight into the experiences of those affected by encephalitis, sharing the rich, perceptive, and often powerful, narratives of survivors and family members. It shows how listening to patient and family narratives can help us to understand how they make sense of what has happened to them, and also help professionals better understand and engage with them in practice. The book will also be useful for considering narratives associated with brain injuries from other causes, for example traumatic brain injury. The book will undoubtedly will appeal to a wide range of people: professionals working in neurology and rehabilitation, and also to and survivors of encephalitis, their families, and careers. For more details on Dr. Easton or on the book please visit Life After Encephalitis.

Endorsement for the book – “Dr Ava Easton has done something remarkable with this book: she has given life and support to patients and families living through this silent disease. From the first-person cases to the in-depth research and passionate dedication to her work as the head of the Encephalitis Society, Ava Easton has given us a gift with this tremendously important book”.  Susannah Cahalan, author of Brain On Fire: My Month of Madness, and a board member of the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance

Dr. Easton has worked at The Encephalitis Society since 2000, and became Chief Executive in 2011. Ava is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Liverpool, and lectures around the world on encephalitis and its consequences. Ava is also Vice-Chair of the United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum (“UKABIF”); and on the editorial boards of Brain Injury Journal and B21 magazine.  Follow her day-to-day work on Twitter: @encephalitisava.