by David D. Kirkpatrick
Howard Solomon, chairman of Forest Laboratories, had plenty of reasons to feel proud last Wednesday night as his son won a National Book Award for The Noonday Demon, an essay about depression. The book recounts the pivotal role Mr. Solomon played in nursing his son back from the crippling depths of his own depression.
… On Wednesday night, the son hugged the father and bounded to the podium. He recommended a National Book Award as a sure-fire tonic for depression, and then reflected on the national depression after Sept. 11. Antidepressants and other treatments, he said, are weapons in the antiterrorist arsenal, along with planes and bombs.
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