Frightful_elk's Reviews > Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament

Touched with Fire by Kay Redfield Jamison
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Jan 30, 10

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bookshelves: science, poetry
Read in January, 2010

I like this book.
The mad artist stereotype is still prevalent.
This book makes a convincing argument that this stereotype is not pure fiction.
It's challenging reading if as an artist you have struggled with demons, and wondered whether they were your strength or your weakness.
It's an exciting index of the most turbulent parts of these artists lives and work.
It also raises some thought provoking ethical questions about the treatment and curing of mental illness.
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