Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
edited by Joseph J. Schildkraut and Aurora Otero, 244 pp, with illus, $68, ISBN 0-471-95403-9, New York, NY, John Wiley & Sons, 1997.
This is a beautiful book, beautiful because of the magnificent reproductions of paintings by Joan Miró and other modern abstract artists. A drug company paid for publishing these works in glorious color, and it must have been expensive. The money probably could have been spent on lowering drug prices for people whose lives depend on the drugs and do not have the money to buy them. Drug companies also paid for the symposium in Barcelona, Spain, that led to the book.
The first two parts consist of speculation about a possible association between artistic talent, spirituality, and madness. Interest in the subject ranges from Aristotle and other philosophers of his time to Edmund Wilson and other 20th century thinkers.
Depression and ArtDepression and the Spiritual in Modern Art: Homage to Miró. JAMA. 1999;282(7):696-697. doi:10.1001/jama.282.7.696-JBK0818-3-1