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A WORLD AUTHORITY ON MANIC DEPRESSION REVEALS A 30-YEAR STRUGGLE WITH THE ILLNESS

KAY REDFIELD JAMISON IS A world authority on manic depression. She co-wrote the definitive medical text on the disease, which is also known as bipolar disorder. She has been a valued clinician and teacher, first at the University of California, Los Angeles, and now at Johns Hopkins. As a fellow at Oxford, she pioneered research into the link between creativity and manic depression. In concerts, television programs and a lay book, Touched with Fire (1993), she has popularized that research, identifying as manic depressive such luminaries as Vincent van Gogh, Robert Schumann and Lord Byron.

But what few knew until her...

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