Manic-Depressive Illness: Bipolar Disorders and Recurrent Depression

Manic-Depressive Illness: Bipolar Disorders and Recurrent Depression

by Frederick K. Goodwin, Kay Jamison
     
 

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The revolution in psychiatry that began in earnest in the 1960s led to dramatic advances in the understanding and treatment of manic-depressive illness. Hailed as the most outstanding book in the biomedical sciences when it was originally published in 1990, Manic-Depressive Illness was the first to survey this massive body of evidence comprehensively and to assess its… See more details below

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The revolution in psychiatry that began in earnest in the 1960s led to dramatic advances in the understanding and treatment of manic-depressive illness. Hailed as the most outstanding book in the biomedical sciences when it was originally published in 1990, Manic-Depressive Illness was the first to survey this massive body of evidence comprehensively and to assess its meaning for both clinician and scientist. It also vividly portrayed the experience of manic-depressive illness from the perspective of patients, their doctors, and researchers. Encompassing an understanding about the illness as Kraeplin conceived of it- about its cyclical course and about the essential unity of its bipolar and recurrent unipolar forms- the book has become the definitive work on the topic, revered by both specialists and nonspecialists alike. Now, in this magnificent second edition, Drs. Frederick Goodwin and Kay Redfield Jamison bring their unique contribution to mental health science into the 21st century. In collaboration with a team of other leading scientists, a collaboration designed to preserve the unified voice of the two authors, they exhaustively review the biological and genetic literature that has dominated the field in recent years and incorporate cutting-edge research conducted since publication of the first edition. They also update their surveys of psychological and epidemiological evidence, as well as that pertaining to diagnostic issues, course, and outcome, and they 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 patients who abuse drugs and alcohol or who pose a risk of suicide. This book, unique in the way that it retains the distinct perspective of its authors while assuring the maximum in-depth coverage of a vastly expanded base of scientific knowledge, will be a valuable and necessary 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.

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Reviewer: Howard M. Kravitz, DO, MPH (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is the revised and updated version of this classic text on manic-depressive illness (MDI). First published in 1990, it was a "unique contribution to the literature on MDI." This edition has been expanded to consider spectrum diagnoses as well as recurrent depression. Its foundation is "the inclusive Kraepelinian concept of MDI," covering "all of the recurrent major mood disorders."
Purpose: Expanding the first edition's comprehensive and interpretive review of the scientific literature on MDI, the purpose of this second edition is to "help improve diagnosis and treatment for those who suffer from the illness" and to be "a resource for research."
Audience: The targeted audience is psychiatric clinicians and researchers, and other mental health professionals, trainees, and students with a serious interest in and/or desiring the most comprehensive coverage of the manic-depressive/bipolar spectrum, as the authors define it.
Features: Assisted by "close colleagues with various specialized interests" who have "added their expertise," the principal authors, Goodwin and Jamison, have labored long to "preserve the unity and structure" of the first edition and avoid the unevenness found in textbooks that try to integrate the contributions of many individuals. The result is a physically larger book approximately 200 pages longer than its predecessor. The subtitle ("Bipolar Disorders and Recurrent Depression") is new. Its five sections follow the general structure of the first edition — clinical description and diagnosis, clinical studies, psychology/neuropsychology, pathophysiology, treatment — with the expected changes in emphasis and balance in the content of individual chapters (the scientific study of bipolar disorder has expanded greatly in 17 years!). References, recent through 2006, all are listed by chapter at the end of the book, making them more difficult to access and unnecessarily lengthening the references section by duplicating those cited in multiple chapters. A single alphabetical listing at the end of the book would have been a more sensible approach.
Assessment: As stated in the foreword, "to attempt a repeat of their efforts in a new edition was an enormous challenge...." Much has been learned about bipolar disorders and its spectrum since 1990. This definitive text on MDI/bipolar disorders documents what we have learned circa 2006, presents it clearly and logically, and should stimulate serious students of these disorders to seek and learn more. However, new knowledge continues to accrue and we can't wait another 17 years for the next edition — a mechanism for e-version updating would be welcomed. Finally, the price is affordable in these days of exorbitant textbook costs.
From the Publisher
"Manic-Depressive Illness stands above other selections in the field because of its organization and the clarity of presentation, in addition to the way it reveals the most cutting-edge thinking in the field. In sum, these attributes, when stitched together, render this book the authority in its field."—The Electric Review

"This is the Bible of manic-depressive illness and recurrent depression. It is the secure basis for all kinds of scientific and clinical expeditions. It unifies an immense past knowledge with the standards of the present and creates the roadmap for the future. In this book, no field and no aspect of mood and mood-related disorders remain uncovered."-Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h. c. Andreas Marneros, Psychiatric University Clinic, Halle-Wittenberg/Germany

"This definitive text on MDI/bipolar disorders documents what we have learned circa 2006, presents it clearly and logically, and should stimulate serious students of these disorders to seek and learn more."—Doody's, a 5 Star Review

"...Goodwin and Jamison have harvested the intellectual growth which the earlier volume has spawned and published an extraordinary second edition. Here the authors capture once again the whole range of the current views of these disorders in a way that points to the future, not only for those who treat people with these recurrent illnesses but for all interested in understanding the enormous scientific growth that the psychobiology of affect has experienced in the last decade and a half. This book has no peer. It again has set the standard by which all textbooks in psychiatry will be judged."—Eric R. Kandel, MD, University Professor of Physiology and Cell Biophysics, Psychiatry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Columbia University and winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize for Medicine

"In a dazzlingly lucid, extensively researched, and amazingly comprehensive display of scholarship, this book remains the authoritative masterpiece on manic-depressive illness. The authors have mastered the complex jargon of the geneticist, the neuroscientist, and the futurist, covering pertinent studies from the drosophila circadian clock mechanisms to the growing neuropathological findings in post-mortem brains. It truly is a masterpiece of writing clarity."—Floyd Bloom. MD, Professor Emeritus, Molecular and Integrative Neuroscience Department, The Scripps Research Institute, and former Editor-in-Chief of the journal Science

"We are grateful to have an updated edition of the classic work on bipolar disorder; with great expertise and fine judgment the authors have admirably condensed the findings of the exponential development in the literature and international scientific endeavor into a single volume. Like the previous edition, it sets the gold standard for the general reader, students, teachers, scientists, health care professionals, and for patients and their relatives."—Jules Angst, MD, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, University of Zurich, Switzerland

"This is the Bible of manic-depressive illness and recurrent depression. It is the secure basis for all kinds of scientific and clinical expeditions. It unifies an immense past knowledge with the standards of the present and creates the roadmap for the future. In this book, no field and no aspect of mood and mood-related disorders remain uncovered."-Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h. c. Andreas Marneros, Psychiatric University Clinic, Halle-Wittenberg/Germany

"Manic-Depressive Illness stands above other selections in the field because of its organization and the clarity of presentation, in addition to the way it reveals the most cutting-edge thinking in the field. In sum, these attributes, when stitched together, render this book the authority in its field."—The Electric Review

"This definitive text on MDI/bipolar disorders documents what we have learned circa 2006, presents it clearly and logically, and should stimulate serious students of these disorders to seek and learn more."—Doody's, a 5 Star Review

"It is still true that there is nothing quite like this textbook. Anyone with a clinical, personal, research, or academic interest in mood disorders should obtain a copy."—Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

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ISBN-13:
9780199743735
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/09/2007
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This comprehensive book covers every aspect of the illness from genetics to psychopathology.... The authors have succeeded in combining science with compassion, insight, and clinical understanding.... It is certain to become one of the great classic texts in Psychology.
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....Psychiatry at its best - compelling both scientifically and aesthetically.... A monumental achievement.... Particularly in its scope and vision.... The best book on manic depressive illness since Kraepelin's. Profound and relevant, elegant and useful.... A masterpiece of clinical science that will be hard to surpass.
— Hagop S. Akiskal, M.D., Director, Affective Disorders Program, University of Tennessee.
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A monumental endeavor that will be invaluable aid for comprehending a disease which strikes down all too many of the world's best...
— Dr. James E. Watson, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate and author of The Double Helix

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