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The revolution in psychiatry that began mid-century has led to dramatic advances in the understanding and treatment of manic-depressive illness. No other mental disorder has been the subject of such clinically useful and scientifically productive research. This book is the first to survey this massive body of evidence comprehensively and to assess its meaning for both clinician and scientist. It also vividly portrays the experience of manic-depressive illness from the perspective of patients, their doctors, and ...
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The revolution in psychiatry that began mid-century has led to dramatic advances in the understanding and treatment of manic-depressive illness. No other mental disorder has been the subject of such clinically useful and scientifically productive research. This book is the first to survey this massive body of evidence comprehensively and to assess its meaning for both clinician and scientist. It also vividly portrays the experience of manic-depressive illness from the perspective of patients, their doctors, and researchers, and recounts the torments of some of the great poets and composers whose art was almost certainly enriched, energized, and deepened by the extremes of manic-depressive illness.
Drawing on the wisdom of classic psychiatric authors, the book encompasses knowledge about manic-depressive illness as Kraepelin originally defined it. Drs. Goodwin and Jamison's understanding of the illness, gained from their own extensive research and clinical experience, guided their interpretation of the literature. Like Kraepelin, they emphasize the cyclical course of manic-depressive illness and the essential unity of its bipolar and recurrent unipolar forms. Encyclopedic in scope, this volume exhaustively reviews the biological and genetic literature that has dominated the field in recent years. It also surveys the psychological and epidemiological evidence, as well as that pertaining to diagnostic issues, course, and outcome. The authors offer practical guidelines for differential diagnosis and clinical management. The medical treatment of manic and depressive episodes is described, strategies for preventing future episodes are given in detail, and psychotherapeutic issues common in this illness are considered. Special emphasis is given to fostering compliance with medication regimens and treating bipolar patients who abuse drugs and alcohol or who pose a risk of suicide. This book, the product of a decade of work, will be a valuable addition to the libraries of psychiatrists and other physicians, psychologists, clinical social workers, neuroscientists, pharmacologists, and the patients and families who live with manic-depressive illness.

Guides for differential diagnosis & clinical mgmt/medical trmt of manic & depressive episodes/prevention/medications.

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"The best treatise on the subject since Kraepelin."--Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

"A book such as this one, devoted entirely to one major disorder, is quite rare....This thorough and most readable book by two highly regarded senior clinicians and researchers in the field is thus a most welcome addition to the clinician's bookshelf....[It] is solidly based on data, with a staggering 122 pages of references alone. Each chapter integrates the research done in the area, and there are dozens of useful tables and diagrams...It is hard to imagine a clinician working with patients with the illness (what psychiatrist does not?) or a researcher in any part of the field of mood disorders who should not have this tour de force available."--The New England Journal of Medicine

"A solid and well-balanced treatise on current thinking, knowledge, and treatment of bipolar disorder. It is encyclopedic on most topics and will useful as a reference book for the coming decade. The book is thoughtful and provocative and, at under ten cents a page, a bargain in today's economy. It is a book that will take the reader through the next decade of research and clinical practice, and it is strongly recommended for novices and oldtimers and researchers and clinicians."--Contemporary Psychology

"An extraordinary book which reviews, analyzes and interprets the world literature on manic-depressive illness...a monumental work which should be on the shelf of every practitioner, researcher and teacher. The book has the unique characteristic of being usable either as a textbook by the novice or as a reference source by the more seasoned clinician or researcher."--General Hospital Psychiatry

"An important event in the literature about serious mental illness. Ten years in the writing, the book is a landmark, the first comprehensive treatment of major affective disorders since 1953. While it is a medical and scientific text, it sets a new standard in medical writing. It is understandable to consumers and families as well as medical students, psychiatrists, psychologists, researchers, and other professionals....Authoritative, comprehensive and encyclopedic, the 27 chapters cover diagnosis, epidemiology, childhood and adolescence, genetics, suicide, personality, medical treatment, biochemistry, lithium, and the effect of alcohol and drug abuse on bipolar and unipolar patients."--NAMI Advocate

"A classic work--a textbook in scope, but literate, readable, and compassionate. Sets a new standard in scientific medical writing."--Myrna M. Weissman, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

"Provides an unprecedentedly comprehensive discussion of the disease and the patients, the advances and challenges of scientific research. An indispensable guide, providing a model of psychiatric science at its best." --Daniel X. Freedman, UCLA

"A monumental endeavor that will be an invaluable aid for comprehending a disease which strikes down all too many of the world's best and brightest."--Dr. James D. Watson

"The book contributes something that is all too rare in today's psychiatry. It makes sense of the research, places it in context, applies its results to the clinic, and struggles toward the construction of hypotheses that are based on both clinical and scientific understanding. I recommend it highly."--Herbert Pardes, M.D., Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

"A treasure of information and ideas to be read carefully and often. It will enrich every doctor, who will be rewarded for reading it with improved diagnostic and therapeutic skills and a greater capacity to help all manic-depressives."--International Drug Therapy Newsletter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195039344
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1990
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 962
  • Product dimensions: 10.25 (w) x 7.38 (h) x 2.05 (d)

Meet the Author

George Washington University

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

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1. Introduction

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2004

    A Life Saver!

    I was diagnosed at 21 with Bipolar Disorder, and I am now 37. Not too much has changed in society as far as the stigma regarding 'Manic-Depression' or 'Medication.' This book has been a Godsend to me. It has answered alot of my questions about my illness, and I finally feel validated. Too many people think that it is 'in my head,' and I don't get too much support from family or friends. No one seems to take the illness seriously. I now take my illness much more seriously after reading the book, and I realize that I must become extremely educated on the disease. It is my disease, and I am the one that lives with it. I am the one that must keep myself safe, and I read the book when I am feeling alone in dealing with the illness. I highly recommend this book to anyone with the disease--and to the people who love them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2003

    The standard text on manic-depression

    This is a great book, but I'm only giving it four stars because it's pretty old (1990) and I've heard that a newer edition will be coming out soon. As far as I know, this book is the most comprehensive compilation of information about manic depression. In fact, I don't think there's another book at all like it. A note of caution: it is somewhat technical, as it reviews the scientific literature on the illness. Nonetheless, the general reader will still probably be able to understand most of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2002

    Incredible source of insight

    I wish they would make another edition, even though its expensive, well worth its read. written well enough for both laymen and professional. It gets kind of technical at the end, but once you've read enough of the other books, you pretty much can get an idea of the clinical stuff.

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