An Atlas of Depression
On Sale: April 26, 2002
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The Noonday Demon examines depression in personal,
and scientific terms. Drawing on his own struggles with the
illness and interviews with fellow sufferers, doctors and
scientists, policy makers and politicians, drug designers
and philosophers, Andrew Solomon reveals the subtle
complexities and sheer agony of the disease. He confronts
the challenge of defining the illness and describes the
range of available medications, the efficacy of alternative
treatments, and the impact the malady has on various
demographic populations -- around the world and throughout
history. He also explores the thorny patch of moral and
ethical questions posed by emerging biological explanations
for mental illness. With uncommon humanity, candor, wit,
erudition, award-winning author Solomon takes readers on a
journey of incom-parable range and resonance into the most
pervasive of family secrets. His contribution to our
understanding not only of mental illness but also of the
human condition is truly stunning.
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