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The Noonday Demon

Annotation
"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."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Awards
2001  National Book Awards
2002  American Library Association Notable Books
2002  Lambda Literary Awards

GenreNonFiction
Health, Mind and Body
Psychological
TopicsMental depression
Mental illness
Medication
Therapeutics
Alternative medicine
Addiction
Suicide
Psychology
SettingPsychiatric hospital