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Touched With Fire: Manic-depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament Paperback – 3 Dec 1996

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; New Ed edition (3 Dec. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068483183X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684831831
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The anguished and volatile intensity associated with the artistic temperament was once thought to be a symptom of genius or eccentricity peculiar to artists, writers and musicians. Kay Jamison's work, based on her study as a clinical psychologist and researcher in mood disorders, reveals that many artists subject to exalted highs and despairing lows were in fact engaged in a struggle with clinically identifiable manic-depressive illness. Jamison presents proof of the biological foundations of this disease and applies what is known about the illness to the lives and works of some of the world's greatest artists including Byron, Van Gogh, Schumann and Woolf.

About the Author

Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, is the bestselling author of An Unquiet Mind, Touched with Fire, and other books. She is a professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and has been named a “Hero of Medicine” by Time.


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