Awards: A Lift from Depression

No one knows for certain whether mental illnesses are primarily the result of life experiences, or of biochemical upsets, or a combination of the two.

Dr. Nathan S. Kline of New York's Rockland State Hospital was a pioneer in proving that whatever their cause, some mental illnesses can be eased by the drugs now familiarly known as tranquilizers. By 1957 Dr. Kline had won a Lasker award for his work. And in that same year, Dr. Kline convinced him self that since drugs could ease a patient out of agitated or "manic" states,...

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