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Kay Redfield Jamison, 2003-09-09

 Item — Box: AV06, Hi8: CSHL1264
Oral History | Kay Jamison
Oral History | Kay Jamison

Scope and Contents

Kay Redfield Jamison, psychiatrist and author, is interviewed by Mila Pollock, on September 9, 2003, at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Kay Redfield Jamison discusses the following in her interview: Scene 1. Jim Watson: personality and influence -- Scene 2. Jim and Liz Watson -- Scene 3. Jim Watson, writer "The double helix" -- Scene 4. Jim Watson, writer "A passion for DNA".


  • Creation: 2003-09-09


Conditions Governing Access

Portions of this collection have been digitized and are available online: Select tapes have been digitized thanks to support from CLIR Recordings at Risk Grant awarded in 2021, these tapes are available for research online via our Oral History Website and in person at CSHL Archives. Please contact CSHL Archives with any questions regarding availability.

Biographical / Historical

Kay Jamison is a clinical psychologist and writer, professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and honorary professor of English at the University of St. Andrews. She earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from University of California in 1971 and Ph.D. in 1975 and she became a faculty member.

She is a famous expert on biopolar disorder and co-author of textbook on bipolar disorder. She suffers herself from manic-depressive illness. There were cases of that illness in her family on her father's side. She was under treatment but she attempted suicide by taking an overdose of lithium.

She is an author of such books as Touched with Fire, An Unquiet Mind, and Night Falls Fast. An Unquiet Mind is memoir about her experiences with manic-depression and was selected by The Boston Globe, Entertainment Weekly, and the Seattle Post Intelligencer as one of the best books of 1995. During her career she received numerous awards. At the time when she was professor at Hopkins she was also lecturer at a number of different institutions. In 2002 she was distinguished lecturer at Harvard University and in 2003 Litchfield lecturer at the University of Oxford.

More Information: Wikipedia


1 Cassettes (Camcorder footage) : Hi-8 - CSHL1264

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

Part of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives Repository

Library & Archives
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
One Bungtown Rd
Cold Spring Harbor NY 11724 USA