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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is an excellent new book covering the genetic basis of personality. Written and edited by internationally recognized experts in the field, it is a valuable contribution to psychiatry.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive, critical, and clinically useful overview of the current knowledge about the molecular genetics of personality. The editors and authors have succeeded in producing a timely and relevant introduction to this extremely fascinating field.
Audience: The intended audience is psychiatric researchers as well as clinicians. The book should be used as a resource and a reference for anyone interested in psychopathology who wants to remain current.
Features: Topics covered in the book's 18 chapters include basic concepts in genetics such as principles and methods in the study of complex phenotypes as well as the relevance of normal personality for psychiatrists. Other interesting topics include animal models of personality, novelty seeking, and the DRD4 dopamine receptor, the serotonin transporter and personality, genetics of temperament in early childhood, genetics of sensation seeking, genetics of sexual behavior, and the ethical implications of human genetic personality research. Each chapter ends with up-to-date and useful references and there is a helpful index at the back of the book.
Assessment: This is a valuable new book summarizing the state of the science of the genetics of personality. Any clinician or researcher with an interest in psychopathology should read and refer to this book.