The Noonday Demon: An Atlas Of Depression
With uncommon humanity, candor, wit, and erudition, award-winning author Andrew Solomon takes the reader 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.
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, policymakers and politicians, drug designers and philosophers, 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 had 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.
The depth of human experience Solomon chronicles, the range of his intelligence, and his boundless curiosity and compassion will change the reader's view of the world.
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Review: The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of DepressionUser Review - Ann Campbell - Goodreads
This book was a brilliant but overwhelming beast. It took me at least 2 months to read it and I had to intersperse fiction breaks to manage to complete it. The author is an excellent if often ... Read full review
Review: The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of DepressionUser Review - Debbie Blicher - Goodreads
At times revealing, at times pedantic, always moving. The most emotionally involving research book I have ever read. Highly recommended with one caveat: if you are a tender-hearted person or currently in a depression, it may make you cry. Read full review
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