The Noonday Demon

An Atlas of Depression

By Andrew Solomon
(Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9780684854670, 576pp.)

Publication Date: April 2002

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Winner of the National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, "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, policy makers and politicians, drug designers and philosophers, Andrew 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 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, award-winning author Solomon takes readers on a journey of incom-parable range and resonance into the most pervasive of family secrets. His contribution to our understanding not only of mental illness but also of the human condition is truly stunning.



About the Author
Andrew Solomon is the author of "The Irony Tower: Soviet Artists in a Time of Glasnost, A Stone Boat, "and "The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression", winner of fourteen national awards, including the 2001 National Book Award, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and a "New York Times" bestseller, now published in twenty-two languages. He is completing a PhD in psychology at Cambridge. A member of the boards of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and Columbia Medical School, Solomon is also a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Cornell and Special Advisor on LGBT affairs to the Yale School of Psychiatry. He is a dual national, and lives in New York and London with his husband and children.
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