The Madness and Medical Genius of Dr. Perry Baird and His Daughter's Quest to Know Him

By Mimi Baird with Eve Claxton

Behind the Book

Mimi Baird grew up never knowing what had happened to her father, who all but disappeared from her life was she was six years old. It was only when she inherited his manuscript, written while he was being held in a state mental institution outside Boston in 1944, that she set out on what became a twenty year quest to understand her father, Dr. Perry Baird. Along the way, she amassed an incredible collection of materials relating to Dr. Baird, including his medical records, professional articles, family photos, and correspondence between her father and some of the great medical minds of his time. Not all of these discoveries could be included in He Wanted the Moon and so they are displayed for the first time here.

Go behind the book and follow Mimi on her journey by exploring the archive.

Family Photos

Manuscript Pages

Home Movies

Letters and Telegrams

Medical Records

Newspaper Clippings

Dr. Baird's medical articles