Encephalitis is a devastating condition whose impact upon people should not be underestimated. It robs people of abilities most of us take for granted, it leaves people without their loved ones, and even in those families where the person affected survives the person they once knew can be dramatically changed. 

Life After Encephalitis provides a 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.

Life After Encephalitis  will appeal to a wide range of professionals working in rehabilitation settings, and also to and survivors of encephalitis, their families, and carers.

chapter 1|3 pages


ByAva Easton

chapter 2|20 pages

Encephalitis: what it is and what it does

ByAva Easton

chapter 3|12 pages

Medicine and the history of narratives

ByAva Easton

chapter 4|31 pages

The survivors

ByRoy Axon, Sophie Baughan, Ross Buggins, Tom Solomon, Sarosh Irani, Ava Easton

chapter 5|23 pages

The spouse

ByJean Evans, Janet Hodgson, Ava Easton

chapter 6|29 pages

The parents and their children

ByKay Adlington, David Birtwisle, Thomas Tarlton, Audrey Daisley, Ava Easton

chapter 7|18 pages

The one who didn't make it

ByTiggy Sutton, Michelle Hayes, Ava Easton

chapter 8|36 pages


Authors and readers
ByAva Easton

chapter 9|16 pages

Narratives in professional practice

ByAva Easton

chapter 10|2 pages

Concluding remarks

ByAva Easton