Dr. Ronald Fieve, 87, Dies; Pioneered Lithium to Treat Mood Swings

Dr. Fieve and a colleague identified lithium as the first naturally occurring medication to prevent and control a specific psychiatric disorder.

Dr. Ronald R. Fieve, who pioneered the prescription of lithium to treat mania and other mood disorders — while avowing that some gifted individuals, like Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, might have benefited from being bipolar — died on Jan. 2 at his home in Palm Beach, Fla. He was 87.The cause was congestive heart failure, his daughter Vanessa Fieve Willett said.Alerted by his adviser, Dr. Lawrence Kolb, to groundbreaking research in Australia, Dr. Fieve (pronounced...