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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Regina Rosa Lopez, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This book examines the biological factors of aggression at multiple levels, from genetics to pharmacology. The book covers the recent literature in this area, and combines the information for a better understanding of the complex interplay.
Purpose: According to the editor, the goal is to summarize and synthesize recent advances in the biological study of aggression. These are worthy objectives because this will guide further research, and may have treatment implications. The authors were able to meet these objectives.
Audience: The book is written for researchers in neuroscience, psychiatry, cognitive and developmental psychology, behavioral psychology, behavioral biology, and veterinary medicine. I agree that this is the appropriate audience, because the book is more research oriented than clinically focused.
Features: The book is composed of many contributions from credible people in the field. The editor's credentials and numerous publications make him an expert in the field. The book covers the recent research on the biology of aggression and organizes it according to levels of analysis. This includes: genetics, neurotransmitters, neuromodulators, hormones, development, pharmacology, and psychophysiology. In order to guide future research, the book points out the limitations of the research and the inconsistencies of the current knowledge. A shortcoming is the print quality of some of the figures. Color would improve the quality. Also, more figures would be helpful in illustrating points that are difficult to conceptualize for someone without a research background.
Assessment: This is an extremely comprehensive overview of the biological aspects of aggression. As a clinician, I think it is important to understand the concepts discussed in the book in order to better formulate and treat my patients with aggression.