How Lithium Powered A Medical Revolution

Lithium is essential to much of modern power infrastructure: everything from your tablet to your Tesla runs on this alkali metal. Its discovery as a psychiatric drug also completely revolutionized medicine in the 20th Century and is continuing to revolutionize it in the 21st. For this week’s podcast we spoke to Walter Brown, Clinical Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University and the author of the forthcoming Lithium: A Doctor, A Drug, and a Breakthrough, about the metal that changed the world.