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Jean Delay, Writer and Medical Researcher, Dead at 79

May 29, 1987

PARIS (AP) _ Jean Delay, known as both a man of letters and as a medical researcher who pioneered chemical therapy for mental illness, died Friday in Paris, the French Academy announced. He was 79.

Delay gained worldwide recognition in medicine when he described the effects of a new substance, chlorpromazine, on mental illness in 1952. His literary works, also widely praised, include a two-volume study of Andre Gide’s youth.

Delay was a member of the Academy of Medicine and the French Academy.

He is survived by two daughters, Claude, a psychoanalyst and writer, and Florence, a novelist who won the Prix Femina in 1983.

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