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Malignant Sadness

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Several years ago, Lewis Wolpert had a severe depressive episode. Despite a happy marriage and a successful scientific career, he could think only of suicide. When eventually he did recover, he became aware of the stigma attached to depression - and just how difficult it was to get reliable information. With characteristic candour and determination he set about writing Malignant Sadness, his acclaimed investigation into the causes and treatments of this devastating disease, which formed the basis for a BBC TV series.This paperback edition features a new introduction, in which Lewis Wolpert discusses the reaction to his book and television series, and recounts his own recent struggle with a second bout of depression.
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Lewis Wolpert is a distinguished embryologist and an accomplished broadcaster. He is Professor of Biology as Applied to Medicine at University College, London, and has taken part in numerous radio programmes, particularly interviews with other scientists. A CBE and a Fellow of the Royal Society, he was chairman of the Committee on the Public Understanding of Science for four years.He is the author of A Passion for Science and Passionate Minds (with Alison Richards), and The Triumph of the Embryo. For Faber, he has written The Unnatural Nature of Science: 'I can think of no book which explains science better or more vigorously to the layman. Professor Wolpert's prose is clear, direct, and euphonious; it seems almost unfair that he should be an eminent scientist as well.' (Spectator).

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