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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, DO, MA (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is the second edition of this well-received textbook on the neurobiological aspects of psychiatry and is written by a well-known and influential researcher and clinician in the field.
Purpose: The purpose of this second edition is to document the advances in neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, genetics, and brain imaging that have occurred since Dr. Trimble wrote the first edition of his book. Dr. Trimble believes (as I do) that psychological theories of pathogenesis have been overtaken by a wealth of neurochemical and neuropathological hypotheses and findings. This book explains and teaches the reader these current theories in a very readable text.
Audience: The intended audience includes medical students, residents in psychiatry training programs, practicing psychiatrists, and psychologists interested in the current state of psychiatry. I would recommend this book to any individual involved in the care of the mentally ill. It is a shame that the recent neurobiological understanding of these illnesses has not filtered down or has been ignored by nonphysician mental health workers.
Features: The book features 12 chapters covering the important aspects of biological psychiatry (the title now is anachronistic). The book ends with a reference section and an index. The tables and figures are useful.
Assessment: The second edition of this book, which I looked forward to reading, was not disappointing. I highly recommend it.