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Readers of this journal with a taste for history and a curiosity about the fascinating quirks and foibles of famous people will relish this fine study. The author, himself an eminent medical scientist, brings his critical powers to bear on the relationship between sickness and creativity. He carefully weighs the clinical evidence, discusses diagnostic possibilities in masterful fashion, and builds up a convincing case for a psychoneurotic disorder in each instance (excepting Elizabeth Barrett Browning).
The author's candor about himself and his experiences with patients, relatives, and acquaintances adds greatly to the value of his book. He brings empathy, understanding,
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Creative Malady. Illness in the Lives and Minds of Charles Darwin, Florence Nightingale, Mary Baker Eddy, Sigmund Freud, Marcel Proust, Elizabeth Barrett Browning.. Ann Intern Med. 1976;84:234. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-84-2-234_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;84(2):234.
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