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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