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Hemingway received state-of-the-art psychiatric treatment at one of the nation's finest medical institutes, but according to Farah, it was for the incorrect diagnosis. Hemingway's death was not the result of medical mismanagement, but medical misunderstanding.
Farah argues that, despite popular mythology, Hemingway was not a manic-depressive, and his alcohol abuse and characteristic narcissism were simply pieces of a much larger puzzle. Using a thorough examination of biographies, letters, memoirs of friends and family, and even Hemingway's FBI file, combined with recent insights on the lasting effects of concussions and traumatic brain injury, Farah pieces together this compelling, alternative narrative of Hemingway's illness, one that has been missing from the scholarship for too long.
Though Hemingway's life has been researched extensively and many biographies written, authors relied on the original diagnoses or turned to psychoanalysis and conjecture regarding Hemingway's mental state. Farah explains why Hemingway's decline accelerated after two courses of electroconvulsive therapy, and explains which current options might benefit a similar patient today. Hemingway's Brain provides a full and accurate accounting of the psychiatric diagnoses by exploring the genetic influences, traumatic brain injuries, and neurological and psychological stressors that killed America's greatest writer.
Explore why critics call it "the most original and important biography to date".
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By Praxia on 11-06-17
Both a top-notch biography & psychiatric analysis
Absolutely outstanding new insight into the brain, life and literary work of Hemingway. This book exceeds expectations and points out myriad real-life case examples of the psychiatric conditions proposed and backed up. And the book does this while reading like an interesting biography, just as much as a work of cognitive analysis. This is a must read for any serious Hemingway scholar or fan. Very well done, Mr Farah.