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.
With uncommon humanity, candor, wit, and erudition, National Book Award winner Andrew Solomon takes readers on a journey of incomparable range and resonance into the most pervasive of family secrets.
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