Reviews

  • A Cure for Darkness is both a compelling intellectual contribution and an act of generosity. Alex Riley combines meticulous reporting and evocative storytelling to reveal scientists' evolving understanding of depression and the many ways it can be treated. In this candid, accessible, era-spanning book, Riley brings rare sensitivity and lucidity to a topic that has defied comprehension for centuries, weaving a story that is both sweeping in scope and intensely personal.

    Siri Carpenter, science journalist and editor of The Craft of Science Writing
  • This is a wonderful book.

    James Rucker, lead of the Psychedelic Trials Group at King's College London
  • An engaging and informative book... Riley covers the field both historically and cross-culturally, while keeping the narrative flowing, rooted in his own experiences

    Chris Dowrick, professor of primary medical care at the University of Liverpool
  • An outstanding achievement

    Michael Berk, head of the IMPACT Strategic Research Centre at Deakin University, Geelong.
  • Riley explores the long shadow of depression that winds through human history with intelligence and insight and - equally important - with courage and compassion. The resulting, remarkable book shines like a light against the night itself.

    Deborah Blum

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