Brave New Brain: Conquering Mental Illness in the Era of the Genome

Brave New Brain: Conquering Mental Illness in the Era of the Genome

by Nancy C. Andreasen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195167287

ISBN-13: 9780195167283

Pub. Date: 02/28/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Here, leading neuroscientist Nancy Andreasen offers a state-of-the-art look at what we know about the human brain and the human genome -- and shows how these two vast branches of knowledge are coming together in a boldly ambitious effort to conquer mental illness. Andreasen gives us an engaging and readable description of how it all works -- from billions of neurons,

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Here, leading neuroscientist Nancy Andreasen offers a state-of-the-art look at what we know about the human brain and the human genome -- and shows how these two vast branches of knowledge are coming together in a boldly ambitious effort to conquer mental illness. Andreasen gives us an engaging and readable description of how it all works -- from billions of neurons, to the tiny thalamus, to the moral monitor in our prefrontal cortex. She shows the progress made in mapping the human genome, whose 30,000 to 40,000 genes are almost all active in the brain. Four major disorders are covered -- schizophrenia, manic depression, anxiety disorders, and dementia -- revealing what causes them and how they affect the mind and brain. Finally, the book shows how the powerful tools of genetics and neuroscience will be combined during the next decades to build healthier brains. By revealing how combining genome mapping with brain mapping can unlock the mysteries of mental illness, Andreasen offers a remarkably fresh perspective on these devastating diseases.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195167283
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/2004
Pages:
392
Sales rank:
506,908
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Part I Broken Brains and Troubled Minds
1. Brave New Brain: Confronting the Burden of Mental Illness
2. A Waking Nightmare: Mental Illness and Ordinary People
3. Broken Brains, Troubled Minds: Being Blinded by False Dichotomies
Part II Mind Meets Molecule
4. The Brain: The Mind's Dynamic Orchestra
5. Mapping the Genome: Blueprint of Lifeand Death
6. Mapping the Brain: Using Neuroimaging to See How the Brain Thinks
Part III The Burden of Mental Illnesses
7. Understanding What Mental Illnesses Are: The Past Is Prologue to Progress
8. Schizophrenia: A Mind Divided
9. Mood Disorders: Riding the Emotional Roller Coaster
10. Dementias: A Death in Life
11. Anxiety Disorders: The Stress Regulator Goes Wild
Part IV: Brave New Brain
12. Brave New World: Conquering Mental Illness in the Era of the Genome

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