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Medical News and Perspectives
June 18, 2003

Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD

JAMA. 2003;289(23):3071-3073. doi:10.1001/jama.289.23.3071

As her droopy-faced basset hound, Bubbles, snores on a chair, Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, relates a favorite cartoon: a man in 19th-century garb smiles at a raven and says, "Hello, birdie." The caption? "Poe on Prozac."

That single frame captures reels of Jamison's life. The theme, of connections between art and mental health, is a favorite of Jamison's—the topic of her 1993 book Touched With Fire and a subsequent public television series she produced with her late husband, schizophrenia researcher Richard J. Wyatt, MD.

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