Walking the Black Dog: Depression

Albrecht Dürer’s famous depiction of Melancholy, 1514 (© Wikimedia)

In the early 17th century, Robert Burton’s exhaustive study “The Anatomy of Melancholy” was an immediate best-seller. Nearly four hundred years later, Andrew Solomon included Burton in his own exhaustive study “The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression.” It also became an immediate best-seller. By investigating depression from every possible angle, both Burton and Solomon were trying to deal with their own struggle of “Walking the Black Dog.”

Produced and presented by David Swatling

Released in Euroquest March 5, 2004