Dr Cade in 'Lithium and Lost Souls'
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|Dr John Frederick Joseph Cade AO began his tenure at Bundoora Repatriation Mental Hospital in 1939 as a medical officer. Having served in the Militia, Cade was appointed captain of the Australian Army Medical Corps in July 1940 and posted to the 2nd/9th Field Ambulance. From 1942 to 1945 he suffered the privations of a prisoner of war in the Changi camp. Demobilised in January 1946, Cade returned to the mental hygiene branch becoming medical superintendent and psychiatrist at Bundoora.
In 1947, Dr Cade pursued his suspicion that some mental illnesses were caused by metabolic disturbance. He experimented with lithium carbonate as a mood stabiliser, initially on guinea pigs and himself, before administering it to a selection of patients. The methods he pioneered revolutionised the management of psychosis around the world.
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