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Response by Barry Blackwell

Barry Blackwell’s response to Martin M. Katz’s comment and Samuel Gershon’s reply to it

I agree wholeheartedly with Marty Katz and Sam Gershon's current appraisals of the contemporary status of lithium therapy, its efficacy, value and specificity in some (but not all) cases of recurrent bipolar disorder. We still need to understand why a few cases of recurrent unipolar depression respond to lithium and why some cases of recurrent bipolar disorder do not. Getting to where we are has been a lengthy and bumpy road with a few bruised egos along the way but the journey has been an informative one with due credit to the three major progenitors, Cade, Trautner and Schou.

Barry Blackwell

July 2, 2015