Finding Sanity

Finding Sanity

John Cade, lithium and the taming of bipolar disorder

by Greg De Moore and Ann Westmore

CD-Audio Publication Date: 01/02/2017

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Without doubt, Australia's greatest mental health story.

For most of human history, mental illness has been largely untreatable. Sufferers lived their lives if they survived in and out of asylums, accumulating life's wreckage around them.

In 1948, all that changed when an Australian doctor and recently returned prisoner of war, working alone in a disused kitchen, set about an experimental treatment for one of the scourges of mankind - manic depression, or bipolar disorder.

That doctor was John Cade and in that small kitchen he stirred up a miracle. John Cade discovered a treatment that has become the gold standard for bipolar disorder lithium. It has stopped more people from committing suicide than a thousand help lines.

Lithium is the penicillin story of mental health the first effective medication discovered for the treatment of a mental illness and it is, without doubt, Australia's greatest mental health story.

ISBN:
9781489379252
9781489379252
Category:
Clinical psychology
Format:
CD-Audio
Publication Date:
01-02-2017
Publisher:
Bolinda Publishing
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
9
Dimensions (mm):
134x146mm
Weight:
0.22kg
Ann Westmore

Ann Westmore is an Honorary Fellow in the Health Humanities and Social Science Unit, School of Population and Global Health, the University of Melbourne.

She came to the history of medicine and science through a degree in science and a previous career as a medical writer for a mass circulation newspaper.

After completing a Master of Science in the history and philosophy of science, Ann completed a PhD titled 'Mind, Mania and Science: Psychiatry and the Culture of Experiment in Mid-Twentieth Century Victoria'.

Her thesis gave rise to work with Museum Victoria and the University of Melbourne investigating nineteenth and twentieth century mental health care in Australia.

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