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Physicians Desk Reference: PDR (64th ed.), Medical Economics Co., 2010

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Author and artist Ellen Forney consulted the Physicians Desk Reference, the official guide for understanding prescription medications, when she was researching and creating her graphic memoir Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me, about her diagnosis and treatment for bipolar disorder.

Finding the right medications turned out to be a long difficult process for Forney. Her depictions of the side effects of the various drug is particularly poignant.