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"A Molecule Away from Madness": Biomeditations Book Talk with Sara Manning Peskin

Sara Manning Peskin
Sara Manning Peskin

April 21 at 2:00 pm

Join us for a talk by Dr. Sara Manning Peskin, assistant professor of clinical neurology at Penn Medicine and author of A Molecule Away From Madness: Tales of the Hijacked Brain.

In her book, Dr. Peskin presents the human stories of people afflicted by rare and obscure nervous conditions, blending narrative medicine, medical history, and medical mystery. A New York Times Book Review "editor's pick", Molecule has been favorably compared to the work of Oliver Sacks, offering "sensitive and detailed profiles of patients" and doctors who must defy skepticism and mainstream clinical wisdom to find answers for desperate patients and families.

Registration

This talk will be held in person at the Biotech Commons' Wendy and Wayne Holman Reading Room. Register to attend.

About the Author

Sara Manning Peskin, MD, MS, is an assistant professor of clinical neurology at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Harvard University, where she graduated magna cum laude prior to moving to Philadelphia. She attended medical school and received a master’s degree in cellular and molecular biology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also completed her neurology residency and a fellowship in cognitive and behavioral neurology. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Boston Globe Magazine, among other publications.

About the Series

The Biotech Commons' Biomeditations Book Talks invite dialogue and conversation about new work, both popular and clinical, by University of Pennsylvania health sciences faculty, researchers, and other authors.

Guest Information

We encourage all guests to wear masks while attending in-person events. Visitors from outside the Penn community must complete a COVID-19 screening through PennOpen Campus (learn how it works). The University requests that visitors not come physically to campus if they feel ill, have been exposed to a case of COVID-19, or if they are not up-to-date with their vaccinations. 

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