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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, DO, MA (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is an excellent introductory book covering the fundamentals of neuroscience in relation to psychiatric disorders. Written and edited by an academician/researcher in the field, this book is a valuable beginner's guide to the neurosciences.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the author, is to provide a book outlining and integrating the recent research in neurobiology of the disorders that psychiatrists see every day. The author has produced an accessible and readable book.
Audience: The intended audience is practicing mental health clinicians including psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers. It would also be useful for trainees in psychiatry, neurology, and behavioral pediatrics.
Features: The book's 14 chapters are grouped into two parts. Part I covers fundamental concepts and contains chapters on neuroanatomy, the neuron, neurotransmitters, action and emotion, memory, and cortical function. Part II covers clinical issues with reviews of the neuroscientific aspects of the major psychiatric disorders. At the end of each chapter there are relevant and up-to-date references. There is a helpful index at the end of the book.
Assessment: This is a valuable introductory book covering the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in understanding psychiatric disorders.