The Key to Genius
The lives and careers of Newton, Dickens, Beethoven, and Van Gogh are examined to illustrate the role of manic-depression in the lives of talented people. The authors suggest ways to reduce the problems of this illness while increasing the advantages it can bring".Grippingly interesting". -- Journal of the American Medical Association
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