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Depression and the Nobel Prize – NYTimes.com

October 21, 2008

Depression is a real disease with real consequences, but so often we’re afraid to ask for the help we need.

via Depression and the Nobel Prize – Well Blog – NYTimes.com

Anyone who has struggled with depression — either in themselves or a loved one — will be moved by the story of Douglas C. Prasher.

Dr. Prasher, who now drives a courtesy van for a car dealer, abandoned a life of scientific research years ago. Trained as a biochemist, Dr. Prasher has struggled over the years with bouts of depression.

His story wouldn’t be notable except for a startling fact: his early research led to a Nobel Prize-winning discovery about the inner workings of living cells. Dr. Prasher will not share in the glory or financial gains of the Nobel Prize, even though his work provided a critical ingredient in the breakthrough.

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