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Medical News and Perspectives
February 2, 2005

Molecular Studies Probe Bipolar Disorder

JAMA. 2005;293(5):535-536. doi:10.1001/jama.293.5.535

San Diego—After weathering numerous manic attacks and hospitalizations, 20th-century poet Robert Lowell found relief in treatment with lithium carbonate. Lowell commented to his publisher, Robert Giroux, “It’s terrible, Bob, to think that all I’ve suffered, and all the suffering I’ve caused, might have arisen from the lack of a little salt in my brain” (Lowell R. Collected Prose. Giroux R, ed. New York, NY: Farrar Strauss & Giroux; 1987:xiii-xiv).

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