Summary

The Noonday Demon examines depression in personal, cultural, 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 vast 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, and erudition, award winning author Solomon takes listeners on a journey of incomparable 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.
©2001 Andrew Solomon (P)2015 Blackstone Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Joanf on 07-02-18

magnum opus

Excellent, moving, beautiful. could perhaps have fine with a tad more editing. the interviews, stories and research are sometimes overwhelming and harrowing. I enjoyed the most what Solomon made of them. Far From the Tree even better - another huge work that could firm the basis of an entire university course.

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