Ken Carlson

Book tells life story of ‘bipolar M.D.’ of Modesto

Paul Golden of Modesto, who suffers from bipolar disorder, has written two books, including “Bipolar MD: My Life As a Physician with Bipolar Disorder.” He also occasionally gives talks on the mental illness and is writing a novel set in the Cold War.
Paul Golden of Modesto, who suffers from bipolar disorder, has written two books, including “Bipolar MD: My Life As a Physician with Bipolar Disorder.” He also occasionally gives talks on the mental illness and is writing a novel set in the Cold War. Modesto Bee file

Paul Golden of Modesto has published a memoir titled “Bipolar MD: My Life As a Physician with Bipolar Disorder.”

The book is an honest account of his 39 years of medical practice while managing a chronic mental illness. It has chapters on his family heritage and his father, Max Golden, general counsel for the Air Force from 1958 to 1962.

Paul Golden, a Yale University graduate, attended the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where he also completed a kidney fellowship in 1979. His experiences included a 1973 trip as a medical student to Israel for training in eye surgery and cardiology after the Yom Kippur War.

“I have always loved writing,” Golden said. “My brother said, if you are going to write, write something that you know about.”

Golden worked 34 years as a kidney specialist in Modesto, ending his career in May 2013.

His book tells of his occasional episodes with severe depression and manic behavior, which required him to take time off for treatment. Despite the illness, Golden had a successful career treating patients with kidney disease.

Golden also writes about the politics of practicing medicine in Modesto, medical ethics and memorable patients.

The retired physician speaks publicly as a mental health advocate and is working on a Cold War novel, he said.

“Bipolar MD” was published by Dudley Court Press and is available at Amazon.com. Golden also penned “An Insider’s View of Bipolar Disease,” an informational book on the disorder.

Veterans to meet

Salida was chosen for the November meeting of the Stanislaus County Veterans Advisory Commission. The advisory panel will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Salida Fire Station, at 4820 Salida Blvd.

The commission is hoping for more participation in its meetings from veterans and their relatives. It played a major role in establishing the Stanislaus Veterans Center, a one-stop service center taking shape at the Sylvan Square shopping center in north Modesto.

The commission advises the county Board of Supervisors on issues important to veterans. The public is welcome to attend its meetings, held the fourth Monday of every month.

For more information, call Joe Madden at 209-914-4764.

Ken Carlson: 209-578-2321

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