«Intenligente, empático y repleto de conocimientos sobre el tema, Solomon ha construido una ventana iluminadora y sensata sobre la idea médica y la imagen de la depresión.»-- Publisher Weekly.
El demonio de la depresión es una obra fundamental para la comprensión de esta patología. Solomon explora el fenómeno a partir de su propia lucha contra la enfermedad y de entrevistas con otros enfermos, médicos, científicos, políticos, farmacólogos y filósofos; así revela la sutil complejidad y la intensa agonía que definen a este mal.
El libro asume el reto de explicar la depresión y describe el amplio abanico de medicamentos disponibles, la eficacia de las terapias alternativas y el impacto que la enfermedad ha tenido en distintas sociedades a lo largo de la historia. Su contribución a nuestro entendimiento de la enfermedad mental y de la condición humana es asombrosa.
The Noonday Demon is Andrew Solomon's National Book Award-winning, bestselling, and transformative masterpiece on depression--"the book for a generation, elegantly written, meticulously researched, empathetic, and enlightening" (Time
)--now with a major new chapter covering recently introduced and novel treatments, suicide and anti-depressants, pregnancy and depression, and much more. The Noonday Demon
examines depression in personal, cultural, and scientific terms. Drawing on his own struggles with the illness and interviews with fellow sufferers, doctors and scientists, policy makers and politicians, drug designers, and philosophers, Andrew Solomon reveals the subtle complexities and sheer agony of the disease as well as the reasons for hope. He confronts the challenge of defining the illness and describes the vast range of available medications and treatments, and the impact the malady has on various demographic populations--around the world and throughout history. He also explores the thorny patch of moral and ethical questions posed by biological explanations for mental illness. With uncommon humanity, candor, wit and erudition, award-winning author Solomon takes readers on a journey of incomparable range and resonance into the most pervasive of family secrets. His contribution to our understanding not only of mental illness but also of the human condition is truly stunning.
About the Author
Andrew Solomon is a professor of psychology at Columbia University, president of PEN American Center, and a regular contributor to The New Yorker, NPR, and The New York Times Magazine. A lecturer and activist, he is the author of Far and Away: Essays from the Brink of Change: Seven Continents, Twenty-Five Years; the National Book Critics Circle Award-winner Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, which has won thirty additional national awards; and The Noonday Demon; An Atlas of Depression, which won the 2001 National Book Award, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and has been published in twenty-four languages. He has also written a novel, A Stone Boat, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award and The Irony Tower: Soviet Artists in a Time of Glasnost. His TED talks have been viewed over ten million times. He lives in New York and London and is a dual national. For more information, visit the author's website at AndrewSolomon.com.