This book is really a labor of love. Mimi Beard who missed a father in her life has painstakingly pieced it together in a tribute to his surviving manic-depressive illness and his attempts as a doctor to find a cure. At times the account is heart-rending and the only redeeming feature is that the treatment meted out to the ill patients is now nowhere near what it was in Dr. Baird's days. However the wall that stands between the mentally ill and the rest of the world still stands. Bipolar Disorder is indeed a hard cross to bear and the stigma attached to it makes it doubly so.Hopefully Mimi Baird's story of her father will alleviate the suffering in a small way at least.
This is a fabulous book-- fascinating and heartbreaking at the same time. I recommend it to anyone interested in mental illness, social stigma, and/or family systems.
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