He Wanted the Moon

He Wanted the Moon

The Madness and Medical Genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and His Daughter's Quest to Know Him

Book - 2015
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The author pieces together the story of her absent father's life, beginning with his advancements in isolating the biochemical root of manic depression, which he then began to suffer from himself, leading to years of institutionalization and confinement
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780804137478
Characteristics: 250 pages ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Claxton, Eve


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May 31, 2015

This book is really a labor of love. Mimi Beard who missed a father in her life has painstakingly pieced it together in a tribute to his surviving manic-depressive illness and his attempts as a doctor to find a cure. At times the account is heart-rending and the only redeeming feature is that the treatment meted out to the ill patients is now nowhere near what it was in Dr. Baird's days. However the wall that stands between the mentally ill and the rest of the world still stands. Bipolar Disorder is indeed a hard cross to bear and the stigma attached to it makes it doubly so.Hopefully Mimi Baird's story of her father will alleviate the suffering in a small way at least.

ijs111 Apr 16, 2015

This is a fabulous book-- fascinating and heartbreaking at the same time. I recommend it to anyone interested in mental illness, social stigma, and/or family systems.


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