Description: This is the second edition of a highly acclaimed book covering the current state-of-the-art of the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders. The neuroanatomist and neuropsychiatrist Theodor Meynert stated more than 100 years ago, "The more that psychiatry seeks, and finds, its scientific basis in a deep and finely grained understanding of the anatomical structure [of the brain], the more it elevates itself to the status of a science that deals with causes." This book is a compendium of reviews on the biological underpinnings of psychiatric disorders. Written and edited by the major researchers in psychiatry, this new and significantly improved edition remains an outstanding contribution to the field.
Purpose: The purpose is to update the reader on the enormous advances that have been made in neuroscience as 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." This book chronicles modern psychiatry's first steps toward this goal.
Audience: The intended audience is psychiatrists, psychologists, residents in psychiatry, and mental health workers who want to know what modern psychiatry is about.
Features: The book is divided into nine parts and 80 chapters. 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. Part 3 through part 8 review the neurobiologic 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 cardio/cerebrovascular disease in relation to depression. Each chapter ends with relevant and timely citations and there is a useful index.
Assessment: This is an excellent and extensively updated edition of this book on the biological basis of psychiatric disorders. Every psychiatrist should read and refer to this book. It covers the basis of modern psychiatry.