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An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

By Kay Redfield Jamison

Review

Famed Professor of Psychiatry Jamison charts her own experience of Bipolar Affective Disorder in this inspiring and fascinating autobiography.

Key Themes:

  • Autobiography
  • Bipolar Affective Disorder
  • Creativity and Madness
  • Revealing Reads

Significant Quotes / Pages

123 – “Manic-depression is a disease that both kills and gives life.  Fire, by its nature, both creates and destroys […] Mania is a strange and driving force, a destroyer, a fire in the blood.  Fortunately, having fire in one’s blood is not without its benefits in the world of academic medicine, especially in the pursuit of tenure”

Reference: Kay Redfield, Jamison. 1997. An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness. London: Picador, 1997

Reviewer

- Charley Baker
Date Review Submitted: Monday 23rd March 2009