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The Resource He wanted the moon : the madness and medical genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and his daughter's quest to know him, Mimi Baird ; with Eve Claxton

He wanted the moon : the madness and medical genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and his daughter's quest to know him, Mimi Baird ; with Eve Claxton

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He wanted the moon : the madness and medical genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and his daughter's quest to know him
Title
He wanted the moon
Title remainder
the madness and medical genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and his daughter's quest to know him
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Mimi Baird ; with Eve Claxton
Title variation
He wanted the moon
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the madness and medical genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and his daughters quest to know him
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Language
eng
Summary
Texas born and Harvard educated, Dr. Perry Baird was a rising medical star in the late 1920s and 1930s. Early in his career, ahead of his time, he grew fascinated with identifying the biochemical root of manic depression, just as he began to suffer from it himself. By the time the results of his ground-breaking experiments were published, Dr. Baird had been institutionalised multiple times, his medical license revoked, and his wife and daughters estranged. He later received a lobotomy and died from a consequent seizure, his research incomplete, his achievements unrecognised. Fifty years after being told her father would forever be 'ill' and 'away', Mimi Baird set off on a quest to piece together the memoir and the man. This is the result. --Publisher
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Author Mimi Baird lost contact with her father Dr. Perry Baird when she was six, in 1944. She knew only that he was "ill" and wasn't coming home. Dr. Baird was manic-depressive; though he was frequently institutionalized and subjected to primitive treatments for years, he cogently recorded observations of his own illness. In He Wanted the Moon, Mimi weaves together excerpts from her father's manuscript with her own recollections, providing a fascinating, if sobering, portrait of psychiatric treatment before the symptoms of mental disorders were better understood. -- Description by Katherine Bradley Johnson
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Biography type
individual biography
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10395595
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DLC
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Baird, Mimi
Dewey number
  • 616.89/50092
  • B
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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Claxton, Eve
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True
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  • Baird, Perry
  • Manic-depressive persons
  • Manic-depressive illness
  • Physicians
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adult
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the madness and medical genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and his daughter's quest to know him
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He wanted the moon : the madness and medical genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and his daughter's quest to know him, Mimi Baird ; with Eve Claxton
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
1066382
Extent
1 volume
Isbn
9780804137478
Isbn Type
(Hardcover)
Lccn
2014012743
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9780804137478
  • (OCoLC)878667588
Label
He wanted the moon : the madness and medical genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and his daughter's quest to know him, Mimi Baird ; with Eve Claxton
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1066382
Extent
1 volume
Isbn
9780804137478
Isbn Type
(Hardcover)
Lccn
2014012743
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780804137478
  • (OCoLC)878667588

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