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Nash was Drug Free

Peter Timusk ptimusk at sympatico.ca
Thu Apr 11 02:56:10 EST 2002

I don't seem have a problem with higher mathematics and medication. I
don't know that Sylvia Nazar is any expert on academic math. Besides she
is an economist magazine writer. This magazine seems to have the very
wrong and deadly wrong political stripe.

Ian Goddard wrote:

> http://www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20020304/3909657s.htm
>   USA Today - March 4, 2002 Page 13A
>   Mind drugs may hinder recovery
>   By Robert Whitaker
>   The movie A Beautiful Mind, nominated for
>   eight Academy Awards, ha


>   In the movie, Nash -- just before he receives
>   a Nobel Prize -- speaks of taking ''newer
>   medications.'' The National Alliance for
>   the Mentally Ill has praised the film's
>   director, Ron Howard, for showing the
>   ''vital role of medication'' in Nash's
>   recovery. But as Sylvia Nasar notes in her
>   biography of Nash, on which the movie is
>   loosely based, this brilliant mathematician
>   stopped taking anti-psychotic drugs in 1970
>   and slowly recovered over two decades. Nasar
>   concluded that Nash's refusal to take drugs
>   ''may have been fortunate'' because their
>   deleterious effects ''would have made his
>   gentle re-entry into the world of mathematics
>   a near impossibility.''


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