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The World I Fell Out Of by Melanie Reid
  1. Nicholas Scott1,
  2. Danielle J Leighton1,2,
  3. Edward J Newman3
  1. 1Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Institute of Neurosciences and Spinal Unit, Glasgow, UK
  2. 2Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  3. 3Neurology, Institute of Neurosciences and Spinal Unit, Glasgow, UK
  1. Correspondence to Danielle J Leighton, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Institute of Neurosciences and Spinal Unit, Glasgow, UK;danielle.leighton{at}

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Melanie Reid’s chronicle of her life-changing spinal injury in The World I Fell Out Of was discussed at the second meeting of the Glasgow Neurology Book Club. Reid has previously documented her ‘adapt or die’ approach to post-injury life within her column in The Times magazine. From the immediate recognition that her life was forever changed when her chestnut mare refused a jump, to the practicalities of daily life nine years following her accident, this account is ferociously honest. We are introduced to the terrifying world of tetraplegia and what it means for a 52-year-old woman suddenly to be disconnected from her body, losing her physical, personal and sexual identity in an instant.

In her account, Reid vividly and entertainingly describes the staff and patients of the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit, …

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  • Twitter Edward J Newman @ejn78 and Danielle J Leighton @Yelleighton

  • Contributors NS, DL and EN all contributed to the writing of the report. DL chaired the book club discussion.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned. Internally peer reviewed.

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