Touched With Fire

Edition: Revised
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 1996-10-18
Publisher(s): Free Press
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The anguished, volatile intensity we associate with the artistic temperament, often described as "a fine madness," has been thought of as a defining aspect of much artistic genius. Now, Kay Jamison's brilliant work, based on years of studies as a clinical psychologist and prominent researcher in mood disorders, reveals that many artists who were subject to alternatingly exultant and then melancholic moods were, in fact, engaged in a lifelong struggle with manic-depressive illness.

Author Biography

Kay Redfield Jamison is professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

That Fine Madnessp. 1
Endless Night, Fierce Fires And Shramming Coldp. 11
Manic-Depressive Illness
Could It be Madness--This?p. 49
Controversy and Evidence
Their Life A Storm Whereon They Ridep. 101
Temperament and Imagination
The Mind's Canker In Its Savage Moodp. 149
George Gordon, Lord Byron
Genealogies of These High Mortal Miseriesp. 191
The Inheritance of Manic-Depressive Illness
This Net Throwne Upon The Heavensp. 239
Medicine and the Arts
Diagnostic Criteria for the Major Mood Disordersp. 261
Writers, Artists, and Composers with Probable Cyclothymia, Major Depression, or Manic-Depressive Illnessp. 267
Notesp. 271
Acknowledgmentsp. 355
Indexp. 359
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