A lethal inheritance : a mother uncovers the science behind three generations of mental illness / Victoria Costello.
Author: Costello, Victoria.
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2012.
ISBN: 9781616144661 (pbk. : alk. paper)
1616144661 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Description: 267 p. ; 23 cm.
Subject: Schizophrenia Popular works.
Parents of mentally ill children.
Summary: In this riveting story--part memoir, detective story, and scientific investigation--in the tradition of the story of Henrietta Lacks, Costello recounts how the mental unraveling of her seventeen-year-old son Alex compelled her to look back into family history for clues to his condition. Eventually she tied Alex's descent into hallucinations and months of shoeless wandering on the streets of Los Angeles to his great grandfather's suicide on a New York City railroad track in 1913. -- Amazon.