Manic-Depressive Illness, Genes, and Creativity

  • Kay Redfield Jamison


The ethical issues surrounding any genetic illness are almost frighteningly complex. If the illness is common, treatable, displays itself in a wide range of behavioral, cognitive, and temperamental ways, and can confer advantage both to individuals and to their societies, then the ethical issues take on an entirely different level of complexity. This Chapter, after giving a brief overview of manic-depressive illness, and its relationship to creativity, will discuss some of the potential problems, as well as benefits, underlying the search for the genes responsible for manic-depressive illness.


Affective Disorder Mood Disorder Human Genome Project Depressive Illness Prenatal Testing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kay Redfield Jamison
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryJohns Hopkins School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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