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Prior to the Second World War mental illness was largely untreatable, but all that changed when an Australian doctor and recently returned prisoner of war, John Cade, made the monumental discovery that lithium could serve as an effective treatment for manic depression, now bipolar disorder. In this podcast, Dr Raj Persaud interviews Professor Greg de Moore about the life and work of John Cade, discussing his remarkable – but often overlooked – contribution to the history of mental health treatment.
Date published: 1 July 2019
Presenter: Dr Raj
Interviewee: Professor Greg de Moore
Audio running time: 58 minutes
By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have
gained an understanding of:
some of the practices employed
in asylums prior to the discovery of lithium
when and how lithium was first
discovered as a treatment for 'manic depression'
how lithium was first
administered, and some of the controversies surrounding its use
the importance of John Cade's
discovery to our understanding of bipolar disorder treatment
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