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The Potential Link Between Creativity and Mental Illness

What does 'artistic temperament' really mean? In her new book, "Touched With Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament," Kay Jamison has studied the psychological makeup of many of our most revered artists--Byron, Tennyson, Van Gogh, Hemingway--and linked their genius to manic-depression. Jamison looks at current treatments for manic-depression, and considers their affect on a patient's ability to create. Kay Jamison is Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.


Other segments from the episode on March 26, 1993

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, March 26, 1993: Interview with John Goodman; Interview with Kay Jamison; Review of the film "Born Yesterday."


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