The Resource He wanted the moon : the madness and medical genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and his daughter's quest to know him, Mimi Baird, with Eve Claxton, (electronic resource)

He wanted the moon : the madness and medical genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and his daughter's quest to know him, Mimi Baird, with Eve Claxton, (electronic resource)

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He wanted the moon : the madness and medical genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and his daughter's quest to know him
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He wanted the moon
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the madness and medical genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and his daughter's quest to know him
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Mimi Baird, with Eve Claxton
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eng
Summary
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. 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 against time to unlock the key to treatment before his illness became impossible to manage. Fifty years after being told her father would forever be "ill" and "away," Mimi Baird set off on a quest to piece together the memoir and the man. In time her fingers became stained with the lead of the pencil he had used to write his manuscript, as she devoted herself to understanding who he was, why he disappeared, and what legacy she had inherited. The result of his extraordinary record and her journey to bring his name to light is He Wanted the Moon, an unforgettable testament to the reaches of the mind and the redeeming power of a determined heart
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TEFOD
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Baird, Mimi
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  • 616.89/50092
  • B
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RC516
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.B34 2015ab
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biography
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Read by Paul Boehmer
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  • Claxton, Eve
  • Boehmer, Paul
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  • Baird, Perry
  • Manic-depressive persons
  • Manic-depressive illness
  • Physicians
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
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He wanted the moon : the madness and medical genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and his daughter's quest to know him, Mimi Baird, with Eve Claxton, (electronic resource)
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http://sfpl.lib.overdrive.com/ContentDetails.htm?ID=71049F17-4063-4AB2-AFA3-84CD3DA76FFF
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spoken word
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spw
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rdacontent
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Unabridged.
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1 online resource (1 sound file)
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online
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9781101890042
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He wanted the moon : the madness and medical genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and his daughter's quest to know him, Mimi Baird, with Eve Claxton, (electronic resource)
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http://sfpl.lib.overdrive.com/ContentDetails.htm?ID=71049F17-4063-4AB2-AFA3-84CD3DA76FFF
Publication
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unknown
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unknown
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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not applicable
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unknown
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spoken word
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spw
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rdacontent
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  • not applicable
  • unknown
Edition
Unabridged.
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1 online resource (1 sound file)
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unknown
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online
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not applicable
Isbn
9781101890042
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not applicable
Kind of disc cylinder or tape
not applicable
Kind of material
unknown
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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digital
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
71049f17-4063-4ab2-afa3-84cd3da76fff
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
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sound
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digital recording
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  • other
  • remote
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other
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(OCoLC)900467565
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not applicable
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