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For persons who wonder about the link between illness and creativity, Philip Sandblom's book provides a fascinating list of diseased writers, painters, and musicians who continued to create despite—perhaps even because of—their sufferings. Sandblom does not claim to have scientific evidence of a connection between artists' diseases and their art; instead, he calls his list "a subjective rhapsody in black—disease is always an evil." Yet he concludes that "some of the greatest art has been born of suffering . . . illness sometimes enriches the artist."
Roughly the first half focuses on the effect of mental illness and drug addiction
Creativity and Disease: How Illness Affects Literature, Art, and Music.. Ann Intern Med. ;108:649. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-108-4-649_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;108(4):649.
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