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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is an interesting new book covering the recent neuroscientific and genetic aspects of psychopathology. Advances in psychiatry have been hampered by not being able to establish brain-behavior correlates of phenomenology. Gall attempted this with phrenology, which of course fell in to disrepute. Psychiatry, with the rapid developments in cognitive neuroscience, molecular genetics and structural, functional, and neurochemical brain imaging, is now poised to elucidate these relationships between phenomenology/psychopathology and brain function, which will lead to significant advances in the understanding of mental illness and in psychiatric treatment. This book, which was developed from the March 2003 meeting of the American Psychopathological Association, brings together experts on psychiatric genetics, neuroscience, epidemiology, and education, is representative of the current state of knowledge, and lays out future directions for research. Written and edited by internationally recognized clinician-scientists in the field, the book is a welcome addition to the psychiatric literature.
Purpose: The purpose is to present, for practicing psychiatrists, a readable and accessible book documenting the latest findings in psychopathology and proposing ideas for the future of psychopathological research and training.
Audience: The intended audience includes clinical and academic psychiatrists, psychiatric residents, and researchers of ADHD, schizophrenia, Alzheimer disease, mood disorders, psychiatric genetics, and phenomenology.
Features: The book is divided into four parts containing 12 chapters and an index. Topics covered include genetics of mental disorders and of human behavior, genetics of ADHD and autism, late-onset Alzheimer Disease and genetics, problems with the current phenotypes in psychiatry, validity issues of the proposed DSM-V/ICD-11 revisions, new issues in prevention in light of the human genome, neuroscientific issues in regards to brain imaging in mood disorders, apoptosis and synaptogenesis, neurogenesis and psychopathology, and future needs for psychiatric training. Each chapter ends with relevant and contemporary citations of the literature.
Assessment: This is an excellent new book covering the present and future research perspectives on the neuroscience of psychopathology. This book will help practicing psychiatrists to keep abreast of this rapidly changing field. No psychiatrist should be left behind!