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From The CriticsReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A. (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is the third edition of this outstanding and comprehensive book covering the progress made in understanding the neurobiological mechanisms involved in neuropsychiatric disorders. Written and edited by the major researchers in psychiatry, this outstanding book remains a significant and important contribution to the field.
Purpose: The purpose is to update readers on the enormous advances that have been made in neuroscience related to psychiatric disorders. The editors state, "The field stands poised to make dramatic advances in defining disease pathogenesis, developing diagnostic methods capable of identifying specific and valid disease entities, discovering novel and more effective treatments, and ultimately preventing psychiatric disorders."
Audience: The intended audience is psychiatrists, psychologists, trainees in psychiatry, psychology, and neuroscience, as well as mental health workers who want to know what modern psychiatry is about.
Features: This edition is significantly revised, but continues to be divided into nine parts, now with 80 chapters, seven more than the second edition. Part 1 is an overview of basic neuroscience. Part 2 covers methods of clinical neurobiological research with chapters on such topics as epidemiology, molecular genetics, psychophysiology, neurochemistry, neuroimmunology, cognitive neuroscience, and neuroimaging. Parts 3 through 8 review the neurobiological aspects of psychoses, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse disorders, dementia, and childhood onset disorders. Part 9 contains very interesting chapters on neuropsychiatry, personality, aggression, sexual dysfunction, social attachment, eating disorders, menstrual-related mood disorders, circadian rhythms, sleep, and the neurobiology of resilience. Each chapter ends with relevant and timely citations.
Assessment: This book is an outstanding testament to the effort made towards a fundamental understanding of psychiatric disorders. The third edition is an excellent and extensive update on the biological basis of psychiatric disorders. Every psychiatrist should read and refer to this book. It covers the basis of modern psychiatry.