Greg de Moore is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry based at Sydney’s Westmead Hospital. Born in Melbourne of parents who migrated to Australia from Sri Lanka, Greg has lived in Sydney for over 30 years. Outside of the hospital, he has combined his medical interests with Australian history to write and co-write three books. His first two books were Tom Wills and A National Game. The former was based on ten years of research unearthing original medical records, letters, text books and notes, previously believed to have been lost or destroyed.
Greg’s most recent book, co-authored with Ann Westmore, is Finding Sanity: John Cade, lithium and the taming of bipolar disorder. It tells the story of Australia’s greatest mental health triumph – the discovery of the first effective medicine for mental illness. Against all odds an Australian soldier, a survivor from the WW2 Prisoner-of-War Camp, Changi, came across the remarkable discovery that lithium tamed bipolar disorder. It was a discovery that turned our understanding of mental illness on its head.