Description: This is an excellent, comprehensive, and up-to-date book on the biological aspects of bipolar disorder. Written and edited by internationally well-known leading clinician-researchers in the field, it is an outstanding contribution to psychiatry.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the editors, is to provide a comprehensive book focused specifically on the biological underpinnings of bipolar mood disorder. The editors have gathered outstanding contributions from leading researchers in the various fields of biological psychiatry.
Audience: The intended audience is psychiatrists, researchers, and trainees in psychiatry as well as graduate and postgraduate students in neuroscience.
Features: There are 580 pages, divided into 26 chapters. Topics covered include classification in bipolar disorder, secondary mania, genetic and causal factors, cyclic end oscillatory behaviors in bipolar disorder, and chapters on catecholamines, serotonin, and GABA in bipolar disorder. Other interesting topics include postmortem studies, brain imaging, viral theories, sensitization and kindling, and a summarizing chapter on the pathophysiology of bipolar disorder. Each chapter is well referenced and the index is quite useful.
Assessment: This is an outstanding book on the latest findings and theories of the neurobiology of bipolar disorder; I highly recommend it to anyone involved in this field.