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.