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From The CriticsReviewer: Michael Easton, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is one of the first books to comprehensively review the biological consequences of stress. It looks at the adaptive and maladaptive neurobiological phenomena related to stress that potentially lead to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Purpose: This book brings together and comprehensively reviews the effects of stress in neurophysiology research, animal models, and humans to help better elucidate the clinical phenomena of PTSD.
Audience: This book is highly specialized and directed toward individuals in the neurosciences, specifically researchers, academicians, or clinicians interested in the neurobiological underpinnings of PTSD and its use in understanding and clinically addressing this disorder. The editors are solid in this area and bring together an array of experts to author the various chapters.
Features: The book is reasonably illustrated with helpful tables and charts. The references are extensive, relevant, and up-to-date. This publication is unique in that it brings together a large body of research under one cover. It is well organized and builds upon the information it presents. It starts by looking at the molecular neurophysiology of stress and extends this to the impact of stress on brain systems in animal models. It builds on this and extends these concepts to human neurobiology in terms of adaptive and maladaptive responses to stress. It ends by bringing much of this information together to address the clinical phenomenology and treatment of PTSD.
Assessment: The book is highly specific, in-depth, and is an excellent source for individuals involved in this area. It will be a well received addition to any scientific library.