Friday, January 1, 2010

Bipolar Notes

Did you know the great jazz pianist Thelonius Monk had bipolar disorder? Another luminary who shares our illness.

The NY Times published an obit yesterday of Ruth Lilly, great-granddaughter of pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly (1838-1898). She died at age 94. Ironically Ruth suffered from intractable depression that was only lifted by the invention of Prozac by the Lilly Company. Read about Eli Lilly's fascinating life here. Eli Lilly fostered a tradition of tremendous philanthropic work.

Eli Lilly also manufactures one of the best drugs for schizophrenia - olanzepine or Zyprexa. Did you know that Einstein's son suffered from schizophrenia? Here's a list of famous people with schizophrenia.

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