Barney Carroll’s comment

Barry Blackwell’s Review
Johan Schioldann: History of the Introduction of Lithium into Medicine and Psychiatry:  Birth of Modern Psychopharmacology 1949 

            I think Barry Blackwell did a fair job of discussing the issues. My immediate comments on the substance of Barry Blackwell’s review is that he does not seem to pick up on the fact that Mogen Schou’s brother was one of his first (successful) patients. There is also no mention of the pioneering work of Alec Coppen demonstrating lithium’s prophylactic effect not only for bipolar disorder but also for recurrent unipolar depression.


November 9, 2017