MELANCHOLIA

Our Darwinian heritage

"That ...inbred cause of Melancholy is our Temperament, in whole or part, which we receive from our parents...it being a hereditary disease; such as the temperament of the father is, such is the son's, and look what disease the father had when he begot him, his son will have after him...And that which is more to be wondered at, it skips in some families the father, and goes to the son, or takes every other, and sometimes every third in a lineal descent, and doth not always produce the same, but some like, and a symbolizing disease..."
Robert Burton
The Anatomy of Melancholy [1621]

"Why is it that all those who have become eminent in philosophy or politics, or poetry or the arts are clearly melancholics, and some of them to such an extent as to be affected by diseases caused by black bile?"
Aristotle
"Problematica

"Depression is cancer of the emotions"
(Lewis Wolpert)


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