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Finding Sanity : John Cade, Lithium and the Taming of Bipolar Disorder - Greg de Moore

Finding Sanity

John Cade, Lithium and the Taming of Bipolar Disorder

Paperback Published: 24th August 2016
ISBN: 9781760113704
Number Of Pages: 336

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The first biography of the ground breaking Australian doctor who discovered the first pharmacological treatment for mental illness.

For most of human history, mental illness has been largely untreatable. Sufferers lived their lives - if they survived - in and out of asylums, accumulating life's wreckage around them.

In 1948, all that changed when an Australian doctor and recently returned prisoner of war, working alone in a disused kitchen, set about an experimental treatment for one of the scourges of mankind - manic depression, or bipolar disorder. That doctor was John Cade and in that small kitchen he stirred up a miracle.

John Cade discovered a treatment that has become the gold standard for bipolar disorder - lithium. It has stopped more people from committing suicide than a thousand help lines.

Lithium is the penicillin story of mental health - the first effective medication discovered for the treatment of a mental illness - and it is, without doubt, Australia's greatest mental health story.

About the Author

Greg de Moore is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry based at Sydney's Westmead Hospital. Born in Melbourne of parents who migrated to Australia from Sri Lanka, Greg has lived in Sydney for over 20 years. Outside of the hospital he has combined his medical interests with Australian history to write and co-write two previous books - Tom Wills and A National Game. The biography of Tom Wills was based on ten years of research unearthing original medical records, letters, text books and notes previously believed to have been lost or destroyed. This book won numerous awards and was short-listed for the National Biography Award. Greg has also written on the need to preserve psychiatric records as a precious storehouse of clinical and social history.

Ann Westmore is an Honorary Fellow in the Health Humanities and Social Science Unit, School of Population and Global Health, the University of Melbourne. She came to the history of medicine and science through a degree in science and a previous career as a medical writer for a mass circulation newspaper. After completing a Master of Science in the history and philosophy of science, Ann completed a PhD titled 'Mind, Mania and Science: Psychiatry and the Culture of Experiment in Mid-Twentieth Century Victoria'. Her thesis gave rise to work with Museum Victoria and the University of Melbourne investigating nineteenth and twentieth century mental health care in Australia.


Brilliant story


One of the most unusual and fascinating stories I have read



Great read if you have a mental health/medical interest


Very interesting and inspiring.



Finding Sanity


I gave this book to a son suffering from bi polar.

Swansea Tasmania


Finding Sanity


A fascinating biography of John Cade, who discovered lithium as a treatment for bi-polar illness. His experiences in the infamous Changi POW camp during WW2 sparked his interest in the use of chemicals to treat mental problems. His high ideals, his unfailing kindness towards the mentally-ill, and his endearing idiosyncrasies make an inspiring story. Early treatments of patients in Victorian Mental Institutions were often cruel and primitive. John Cade's approach was transformative and led the way towards a more enlightened system.The family photos included in the book are a great addition.

Gisborne, Victoria


Another prctically unsung hero on a number of levels.


Interesting history of another great Australian professional and war hero.

Sydney Australia


Finding Sanity

4.8 5


This is strong, thorough biographical writing, woven from multiple perspectives, humorous and fascinating. * Australian Book Review *

ISBN: 9781760113704
ISBN-10: 1760113700
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 24th August 2016
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.45