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Lithium: A Doctor, a Drug, and a Breakthrough
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Walter A. Brown
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Lithium: A Doctor, a Drug, and a Breakthrough

Walter A. Brown


9781631491993

Liveright


Medicine;
Clinical & internal medicine


Hardback

256 pages

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From insulin comas and lobotomy to incarceration; those who suffered bipolar disorder endured dangerous, ineffective treatments for centuries until a breakthrough in the 1950s offered salvation. Lithium's efficacy at both ending and preventing manic depressive episodes was discovered by John Cade, whose years running a psychiatric ward as a prisoner of war sparked a hunch that put him on the path to revelation. The miraculous metal has since salvaged an untold number of lives but even after its healing power was discovered, it was decades before the medical community could be convinced that lithium was not only safe but life-saving. Walter A. Brown reveals how close we came to missing out on this extraordinary drug and showcasing the possibilities of scientific curiosity.

By:   Walter A. Brown
Imprint:   Liveright
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 244mm,  Width: 168mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   450g
ISBN:   9781631491993
ISBN 10:   1631491997
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   August 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Walter A. Brown has been a practicing psychiatrist and professor at Brown University for more than forty years. He has contributed to publications such as Scientific American, Scientific American Mind, and Psychology Today. He lives in Tiverton, Rhode Island.


The intertwined story of Cade and his momentous finding is told in Lithium, a compelling book by US psychiatrist Walter Brown... What Brown does superbly well is to show that Cade made his discovery without access to advances in technology or to modern facilities - and almost despite them. -- Nature

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