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    DescriptionThe 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.


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    Title
    Touched with Fire
    Subtitle
    Manic-depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Kay Redfield Jamison
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 346 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780684831831
    ISBN 10: 068483183X
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: HEA
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S6.4
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    Ingram Subject Code: PS
    Libri: I-PS
    BISAC V2.8: SEL009000, PSY036000
    B&T General Subject: 670
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25820
    BIC subject category V2: MMJ
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    DC20: 362.19689500922
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    LC classification: RC516.J36
    B&T Approval Code: A67263000
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    DC22: 616.89/5/00887
    LC classification: RC516 .J36 1994
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    DC22: 616.89500887
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    BISAC V2.8: PSY022080
    Thema V1.0: VFJB, JM, VSP, VSPT
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    illustrations facsim., genealogy, port.
    Publisher
    Simon & Schuster Ltd
    Imprint name
    Simon & Schuster Ltd
    Publication date
    02 December 1996
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Dr Kay Redfield Jamison is one of the foremost authorities on manic-depressive illness.
    Review text
    Study of manic depression and inspiration that for many will be a hard read but that makes its points convincingly - if only fragmentarily - chapter by chapter. The relation between madness and genius is a fascinating subject, and Jamison (Psychiatry/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine) has a rich lode of firsthand observers to quote from: Byron, Coleridge, van Gogh, Robert Lowell, John Berryman, Sylvia Plath, Theodore Roethke, Virginia Woolf, and many more, all of whom offer spellbinding words about their bouts with manic depression (paranoia and schizophrenia aren't covered). The basic argument here is "not that all writers and artists are depressed, suicidal, or manic. It is, rather, that a greatly disproportionate number of them are; that the manic-depressive and artistic temperaments are, in many ways, overlapping ones; and that the two temperaments are causally related to one another." Genealogical studies of famed manic depressives show a definite genetic linkage, which is complemented by a seasonal one: Jamison includes seasonal tables of mood disorders, fluctuating productivity ("winter depression...summer hypomanias"), and peak times for suicide. Lithium and newer drugs, she explains, often dampen creative highs while relieving victims of turmoil and suicidal lows, but calm periods at optimum serum blood levels may allow longer, more productive periods of creativity. Some sufferers, however, choose to go with the lows for the rewards of the hypomanic state when it returns (hypomania is a middling state that gives a rich lift before the hyperactivity of mania or the colossal bleakness of melancholia). Jamison also finds a high incidence of manic depression among substance abusers, although she doesn't study the incidence of illness among abstinent drinkers or drug-abusers. Clear writing and research, but heavily clinical. (Kirkus Reviews)