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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, DO, MA (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This excellent new book summarizes psychiatric genetics for a general psychiatric audience. Written and edited by researchers in the field, the book is a welcome edition to psychiatry.
Purpose: The purpose of the book, according to the editor, "...is to present, for a general psychiatric audience, some "vignettes" from the exciting world of psychiatric genetics as we see it in the fall of 2004." The authors and editors have produced a readable introductory book on psychiatric genetics for the clinician.
Audience: The intended audience includes psychiatrists, psychologists, and mental health clinicians.
Features: Topics covered in its six chapters include nature-nurture, modeling, basic statistics, genetics of schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and antisocial behavior. Each chapter ends with relevant and contemporary references. The index was helpful.
Assessment: This is a first-rate book summarizing, for the clinician, the current knowledge in psychiatric genetics. I highly recommend it.