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From The CriticsReviewer: Michael Easton, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book on plasma homovaniillic acid (HVA) research in schizophrenia is part of the Progress In Psychiatry Series, a collaboration between the American Psychiatric Association's Scientific Program Committee and the American Psychiatric Association Press.
Purpose: The book provides the most comprehensive and current collection of information on plasma HVA research, including a concise synthesis and critique of current data and proposals for future research.
Audience: This is a highly specific and focused publication intended for individuals in this area of research. It will also be of interest to any researcher, clinician, or student curious about the biology of schizophrenia. The editor and contributors are experts in this field.
Features: The role of dopamine in schizophrenia has been a significant area of research. The measurement of major metabolite HVA is one of the primary methods of assessing brain dopamine neuronal activity, and this book is devoted to this highly specific but important area. In addition to presenting a large body of scientific data, it also attempts to shed light on its clinical relevance. The text is reasonably illustrated with helpful tables and charts. The references are extensive, relevant, and up-to-date.
Assessment: This may be the only text in which all of this information in this area is brought together under one cover.