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Summary

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 listeners on a journey of incomparable 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.

©2001 Andrew Solomon (P)2015 Blackstone Audio

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magnum opus

Excellent, moving, beautiful. could perhaps have fine with a tad more editing. the interviews, stories and research are sometimes overwhelming and harrowing. I enjoyed the most what Solomon made of them. Far From the Tree even better - another huge work that could firm the basis of an entire university course.

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Never gonna forget it!

This book will absolutely stick with me forever.
It's gave insight and understanding on such a great level I've never fount anywhere else..
Andrew Solomon - Thank you.

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Food for thought but god awful narrator

I love this writer and this is a key topic to my own life but it is ruined by the narrator and his robot voice. It doesnt sound real and distracts from the content.

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this book is a work of art

absolutely fucking beautiful and comprehensive. walks the line between research focused and anecdotal perfectly imo.

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Fascinating and familiar

Well narrated with a great degree of empathy for its objects. Fascinating insight into depression that I'm sure many who suffer will find solace with.