✓ He Wanted the Moon: The Madness and Medical Genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and His Daughter's Quest to Know Him Ç Mimi Baird Eve Claxton


  • Title: He Wanted the Moon: The Madness and Medical Genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and His Daughter's Quest to Know Him
  • Author: Mimi Baird Eve Claxton
  • ISBN: 9780804137492
  • Page: 363
  • Format: Paperback

  • Soon to be a major motion picture, from Brad Pitt and Tony KushnerA Washington Post Best Book of 2015A mid century doctor s raw, unvarnished account of his own descent into madness, and his daughter s attempt to piece his life back together and make sense of her own Texas born and Harvard educated, Dr Perry Baird was a rising medical star in the late 1920s and 1930s EarSoon to be a major motion picture, from Brad Pitt and Tony KushnerA Washington Post Best Book of 2015A mid century doctor s raw, unvarnished account of his own descent into madness, and his daughter s attempt to piece his life back together and make sense of her own 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 groundbreaking experiments were published, Dr Baird had been institutionalized 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 unrecognized Mimi Baird grew up never fully knowing this story, as her family went silent about the father who had been absent for most of her childhood Decades later, a string of extraordinary coincidences led to the recovery of a manuscript which Dr Baird had worked on throughout his brutal institutionalization, confinement, and escape This remarkable document, reflecting periods of both manic exhilaration and clear headed health, presents a startling portrait of a man who was a uniquely astute observer of his own condition, struggling with a disease for which there was no cure, racing agai
    Mimi Baird Eve Claxton
    Mimi Baird was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and is a graduate of Colby Sawyer College While working as a manager at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, she met a surgeon who had once known her father, which prompted her quest to finally understand her father s life and legacy Her first book, He Wanted the Moon The Madness and Medical Genius of Dr Perry Baird, and His Daughter s Quest to Know Him, was published in 2015.


    Commentaires:

    Diane S ☔
    A daughters quest to understand the father that literally disappeared from her life In 1944, Doctor Percy Baird was confined to a mental institution after a sever episode of mania Mimi was only six when he was no longer in the home and was only told by her mother, that he was away The first part of the book are all in her Father s writing, he penned down his experiences with his illness and his treatment at the institutions to which he was committed What was amazing to me was how much he remembe [...]

    Cathy
    A Harvard educated dermatologist Dr Perry Biard, develops bipolar disorder, is institutionalized resulting in the loss of his family, friends and practice It is 1944 and his disappearance is never explained to his six year old daughter, Mimi For years denial and silence were maintained until a chance discussion with a doctor leads to information and opens the extraordinary journey Mimi takes to uncover what she can about her father He Wanted the Moon is written in two parts The first from a long [...]

    Josh Caporale
    When shopping at River Road Books in Fair Haven, New Jersey, I came across some promising books in areas that I was certain would interest me Then I came across He Wanted the Moon, read the back, and knew that this was something I had to buy It was a remarkable decision This is a text that left me thinking about the content beyond the text and as I write this, I am thinking about ways regarding the approaches I take to engage in further research about what Dr Perry Baird was working on with his [...]

    Kara
    Note In composing this review, I have assumed the reader to have read the summary provided on the page on which this is posted, or, regardless of what information this page does or doesn t provide, or to have found out this book s general topic.I was very excited to read He Wanted the Moon The Madness and Medical Genius of Dr Perry Baird, and His Daughter s Quest to Know Him, and I was fortunate enough to win an advance edition publication expected in February through the LibraryThing Early Revi [...]

    W. Whalin
    This compelling read has two clear parts The first portion uses first person diary entries from a successful dermatologist Dr Perry Baird who suffers from manic depression The disease ends his medical career The second portion tells the inside story of a daughter s search the author Mimi Baird to know and understand her father I found both the first part and the second portion a page turner experience The title for this fascinating book comes from a neighbor who described Dr Perry Baird to his d [...]

    Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee
    HE WANTED THE MOON is an amazing book that has stuck with me months after I read it I found the book to be educational in an entertaining way and at times simply horrifying Now I rather imagine that you, like me, have run across some textbook entries or articles about the Manic Depressive state I don t know about you but I feel that Depression is the easier part of that equation to understand Depression alone is a common enough ailment Manic though is not common Yet, I thought I had a handle on [...]

    Raven Haired Girl
    A mid century doctor s raw, unvarnished account of his own descent into madness, and his daughter s attempt to piece his life back together and make sense of her own.Baird s impeccable journal account of his descent into the depths along with his institutional stays are well detailed His brilliant mind citing the cruel mistreatment by staff, barbaric treatments administered His feelings of loneliness and isolation heartbreaking As his disease appears and fades, his many losses are felt, his hear [...]

    AJ
    He Wanted the Moon is a captivating account of Dr Perry Baird s mental illness as recounted by his restored memoir and by his daughter The book is split into roughly two parts, the first composed of Dr Baird s painstakingly reconstructed manuscript and the second autobiographical about the author and her father.Dr Baird s account of his manic depressive illness in the mid 1940s is honest, compelling, and absolutely horrifying to read It saddens me so much to think of how poorly people with ment [...]

    Stacy Cook
    The story of Dr Perry Baird, a doctor suffering from Manic Depression aka Bipolar Disorder and his quest to find a cure before the disease over takes his own life I won this book from both and Librarything and applied to win at both websites because I too live with Bipolar Disorder I could really sympathize with Dr Baird and his horrific struggles in mental hospitals I took notes, highlighted and post it noted this book to death I could not believe the remedies these doctors tried to inflict on [...]

    Marjorie
    Dr Perry Baird s daughter, Mimi Baird, has put together a fascinating and heart wrenching book chronicling her father s struggle with bipolar disease in the 40 s The book consists partly of her father s own writings while in a mental institution and partly her efforts to learn about her father s life.I commend this author s achievement in bringing her father s story to publication He had wanted his story told but was never able to due to his illness The fact that his daughter, so very many year [...]

    Dena (Batch of Books)
    Dr Perry Baird was a brilliant man with a promising career ahead of him He was bright, charismatic, and full of energy He had a beautiful wife and two little daughters that he loved dearly He also suffered from manic depression In the high manic phases, he had an abundance of energy and stamina He was also violent, destructive, and unpredictable The first part of He Wanted the Moon is Dr Baird s own account of his illness and the treatments of the day It s fascinating, horrifying, and spell bind [...]

    Kathleen Nightingale
    Really a 4.75 but we aren t allowed to do fractions on.This book was the most disturing and profounding moving book I have read this year Baird s account of how he endured straighjackets, cold packs, insulin induced comas, clectric shock therapy and humilition he soldiered on with his manic depression It wasn t until Baird received a lobotomy and shock therapy that he was totally broken down and subsequently died How unfortunate Baird, as the author states was one of the first, if not the first [...]

    Rebecca
    I reviewed this book, and, for a while, I didn t see much audience for it A brilliant manic depressive doctor s journal from the 50 s Hmm The man s daughter received these writings years and years after her father s death She had never really been told where he had gone when she was 6 to the mental hospital I am mildly interested in bipolar disorder and mental illness, but these pages were heartbreaking in their honesty or not I guess you don t really know What a sad story We have come a long wa [...]

    Pam Mooney
    A beautiful and tragic story pieced together by the doctor s daughter Very much a primer for doctors, friends, and family members of those with mental illness You are able to read the physician patient s manuscript along with the medical records from the hospital Coupled with the daughter s account this gives a rare insight to the lack of understanding and unimaginable treatments of those with mental illness within this era You may be able to conclude if only through his physician friends that p [...]

    Kim H.
    Having worked in several fields of service that included people with various forms of mental illness nursing homes, 13 years as an ordained parish minister, now with a mental health office , I find the opportunity to delve into the inner workings and thoughts of those with any disorder an opportunity to better understand not only that person, but others as well That s why I was eager to read Mimi Baird s account of her father s bi polar disorder and how he was treated in the 1940s through the en [...]

    Brigid Keely
    In 1944, when Mimi Baird was 6 years old, her father disappeared from her life Following the social s of the time, her mother never rarely mentioned him She divorced and remarried and Mimi Baird was left with a father shaped hole in the fabric of her life As an adult, she reconnected with her father s family and received from them a manuscript her father, Dr Perry Baird, had written She used this manuscript, this memoir, to reconstruct some of those missing years He Wanted the Moon The Madness a [...]

    Bianca
    I requested this book from Blogging for Books to review because I was immediately fascinated by the subject I ve read a couple of other books dealing with the subject of manic depression disorder now called bipolar disorder such as An Unquiet Mind and Brain on Fire both really great He Wanted the Moon is a daughter s quest to know and understand the father she never really got to know as a child Dr Perry Baird was a brilliant Harvard educated dermatologist who suffered from manic depression Afte [...]

    Michelle
    This is an extraordinary and heartfelt family story of a father and family broken and severed by severe mental illness Known in the 1930 s 1940 s as manic depressive psychosis a most feared, dreaded, frequently misunderstood mental condition, defined today as Bipolar Spectrum Disorder in the DSM Authored by Mimi Baird with Eve Claxton, her brilliant highly regarded father Perry Baird M.D was scientifically researching the disorder, his findings were published in a medical journal, when he fell i [...]

    Barb
    This book is a love story and tribute to the author s father and a heartbreaking first hand account of his experiences as a patient in a mental hospital The author has combined her father s writings, his medical records and her personal memories to create a loving tribute to a brilliant but mentally ill man.Anyone with an interest in mental health will find this a worthy read Perry Baird s descriptions of his physical and emotional isolation from friends and family who might have offered some su [...]

    Ann
    This book should be required reading for anyone with an interest in the true nature of mania The book consists nearly entirely of edited journals and notes written by Dr Perry Baird the author s father , a well known dermatologist who, around 1944, went into a deep manic episode from which he never fully recovered After a few days of bouncing around Boston, arousing increasing concerns in his family, friends and associates, he was forcibly removed to a state asylum, where he received the usual t [...]

    Kristy K
    I received an advanced reader s copy from Read It Forward in return for an honest review.I am having a hard time putting into words just how powerful He Wanted the Moon was for me It was utterly fascinating and heart wrenchingly tragic Mimi Baird, the author and Dr Baird s daughter, transcribed his story from the withered pieces of paper he had written on into this beautiful narrative Then she added her own memories and journey through this process.Dr Baird suffered from manic depression in a ti [...]

    Beth
    Manic depression, now known as bi polar disorder, is a heart breaking disease As with most mental illnesses, it affects not only the person suffering, but also their friends and family members in ways often unthinkable for those unaffected How much suffering would be felt if the person with the disease was a doctor and one who had studied the mental illness he was beginning to suffer from Mimi Baird lost her father as a very young girl She was not told about her father s illness or what had hap [...]

    Vikki
    He Wanted the Moon by Mimi Baird was a most interesting book for me This is the story of the author s father He was a Harvard educated doctor living in the 1930s and 1940s He was a dermatologist and did research on Addison s disease His work was interrupted by his bouts of manic depression that he was hospitalized for He was subjected to straight jackets which he tells us how to get out of and eventually has a lobotomy.This book is the daughter s quest to find out about her father.Two statistic [...]

    Vivian Harrington
    He Wanted The Moon The Madness and Medical Genius of Dr Perry Baird, and His Daughter s Quest to Know HimBy Mimi Baird with Eve ClaxtonThis book is a bald, brutal, deeply disturbing look at mental illness from the perspective of the ultimate insider Harvard educated physician Perry Baird who suffered from bi polar disorder and wrote about his experiences in mental institutions during the 1930 s through the 1950 s Mimi Baird was 6 years old when her father disappeared from her life in 1944 during [...]

    Claudia Putnam
    Not the greatest writing at times, but workable, and worth reading for historical value but also because of the intriguing work the brilliant Perry Baird began by injecting cats whose adrenal glands had been removed with the blood of manic patients Gross as this animal research was, the injected cats lived about 5 times longer, suggesting SOMETHING about adrenaline and mania, which seems intuitive anyhow The results were published in a peer reviewed journal, but this was during WWII, and most of [...]

    Steven
    Quite a moving tale of a daughter, who, after years of wondering about the father she hardly remembered, is handed a box containing a manuscript written by him Baird s father was a well heeled dermatologist in Boston in the 30s and 40s who developed what we would today call bipolar disorder As a physician, he was somewhat aware of the process he was going through, and attempted to write down his experiences as his career, family and sanity melted away from him The first half of the book consists [...]

    Sarah
    I won this book as part of LibraryThing s Early Reviewers program.I don t read a lot of adult non fiction, but that doesn t mean I m not interested So, I was pleased to win this book and give it a shot Unfortunately, it wasn t really what I expected The first part of the book is Dr Baird s manuscript the book he wrote through his struggle with manic depression It s presented mostly without comment in part one and is, at times, a bit difficult to read and comprehend Part two goes into the detail [...]

    ♥ Sandi ❣
    Dr Perry Baird was experimenting with a cure for manic depression as he himself was diagnosed with the disease By the time his experiments were found to be helpful Dr Baird had been repeatedly committed to an insane asylum During his institutionalization he wrote with the intent of publishing a book on this mental disorder He later had a lobotomy and died institutionalized After his death, his daughter, Mimi, was sent his actual hand written manuscript, which helped to familiarize her with her a [...]

    Brittany
    He Wanted the Moon is a deeply moving, eye opening, and terrifying look into manic depression and mental illness The treatments that Dr Perry Baird undergoes at psychiatric hospitals in the 1940s sounds like the treatments you heard leak out of Guantanamo Bay With involuntary incarcerations, prison like conditions, and what can only be described as torture, it is no wonder that those diagnosed with mental illness saw no recovery Having family who suffer from manic depression, now commonly know [...]

    Bea
    I received this book free from BookBrowse.This is a very sad, very detailed first person account of a person with manic depression The patient, a renowned doctor himself, relates his experiences during his manic episodes He also tells of the treatments he received in the 1940s in psychiatric hospitals, which were tantamount to torture He was isolated from his family and his daughter, who was 6 at the time he was taken to treatment, was never told anything about him and was supposed to forget he [...]

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