Finding Sanity: John Cade, lithium and the taming of bipolar by Greg de Moore,Ann Westmore

By Greg de Moore,Ann Westmore

for many of human historical past, psychological affliction has been mostly untreatable. victims lived their lives - in the event that they survived - out and in of asylums, amassing life's wreckage round them.

In 1948, all that modified whilst an Australian general practitioner and lately again prisoner of battle, operating by myself in a disused kitchen, set approximately an experimental remedy for one of many scourges of mankind - manic melancholy, or bipolar ailment. That medical professional used to be John Cade and in that small kitchen he stirred up a miracle.

John Cade came across a therapy that has turn into the most fulfilling for bipolar ailment - lithium. It has stopped extra humans from committing suicide than one thousand support lines.

Lithium is the penicillin tale of psychological overall healthiness - the 1st potent drugs came upon for the therapy of a psychological affliction - and it's, absolutely, Australia's maximum psychological future health story.

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