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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Sheila Lahijani, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a historical overview of the relationship between endocrine diseases, associated biochemical markers, and mood disorders. It places a strong emphasis on the development of psychiatry and its influences from biologically-minded clinicians.
Purpose: In a chronological and comprehensible manner, the book presents the successes and failures of the evolving interface of medicine and psychiatry with a special focus on endocrine disorders and depression. It also highlights the people involved over time and the challenges they encountered.
Audience: This book is appropriate for any readers who are curious about the historical influences of biological factors on psychiatric illness. Ideally, any clinicians practicing in internal medicine, psychiatry, or both may be interested in this information.
Features: With a strategic organization, the book effectively provides the necessary introduction in the first several chapters, while the latter chapters present the challenges and shortcomings of endocrine psychiatry. One chapter is dedicated to Barney Carroll and Ed Sachar, who were pivotal physician-researchers in the investigation of endocrine dysfunction and behavior.
Assessment: Although there are other books that survey similar themes, this book is different in its presentation and formulaic design. The authors present the myriad successes and failures in the research and understanding of endocrine diseases and psychiatric illnesses. They specifically discuss biochemical markers in a historical context, and they particularly concentrate on many of the individuals involved. They use an almost story-telling format and provide many accounts of the various individuals who have involved themselves in the understanding of the interface of medicine and psychiatry.