Schizophrenia: From Mind to Molecule / Edition 1

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Overview

Researchers in schizophrenia are beginning to uncover the secrets that have long puzzled clinicians and scientists alike. Research continues and treatment progresses to improve and stabilize the lives of patients with schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia: From Mind to Molecule presents a change in the scientific understanding and outlook regarding this devastating disorder. It provides a thorough look at schizophrenia that includes neurobehavioral studies, traditional and emerging technologies, psychosocial and medical treatments, and future research opportunities.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Howard M. Kravitz, DO, MPH (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This new addition to the American Psychopathological Association series presents a recent review of current scientific thinking in schizophrenia from the perspective of a cadre of the leading researchers in the field.
Purpose: The purpose is to present a thorough look at changes in the scientific understanding and outlook of schizophrenia, including neurobehavioral studies, traditional and emerging technologies, psychosocial and medical treatments, and future research opportunities.
Audience: This book is written primarily for general psychiatrists and neuropsychiatrists. It can be read and digested easily by clinicians. The authors of the various chapters include noted schizophrenia researchers and neuroscientists, and they present the pertinent literature and their ongoing work both comprehensively and comprehensibly.
Features: The text is well written and edited. However, there are a few shortcomings. Most references (and studies listed in the tables) do not go beyond 1990; I would expect a more recent literature review in a 1994 publication, especially in a book that is purported to present a review of current thinking. Also, more radiographs could have been included in the brain imaging sections.
Assessment: This is a very readable comprehensive update and review of the current understanding and outlook regarding schizophrenia, presented by expert investigators in the field. Biological, psychological, social, and humanistic perspectives are given fairly even coverage. The clinician who wants to update his or her knowledge about schizophrenia will find this relatively inexpensive book easy to read cover to cover in a weekend and worth the time invested. Bookstores should stock the book for the interested clinician. Medical libraries may be less disposed toward purchasing a copy because books of this genre may become outdated with the next wave of published research results.
Howard M. Kravitz
This new addition to the American Psychopathological Association series presents a recent review of current scientific thinking in schizophrenia from the perspective of a cadre of the leading researchers in the field. The purpose is to present a thorough look at changes in the scientific understanding and outlook of schizophrenia, including neurobehavioral studies, traditional and emerging technologies, psychosocial and medical treatments, and future research opportunities. This book is written primarily for general psychiatrists and neuropsychiatrists. It can be read and digested easily by clinicians. The authors of the various chapters include noted schizophrenia researchers and neuroscientists, and they present the pertinent literature and their ongoing work both comprehensively and comprehensibly. The text is well written and edited. However, there are a few shortcomings. Most references (and studies listed in the tables) do not go beyond 1990; I would expect a more recent literature review in a 1994 publication, especially in a book that is purported to present a review of current thinking. Also, more radiographs could have been included in the brain imaging sections. This is a very readable comprehensive update and review of the current understanding and outlook regarding schizophrenia, presented by expert investigators in the field. Biological, psychological, social, and humanistic perspectives are given fairly even coverage. The clinician who wants to update his or her knowledge about schizophrenia will find this relatively inexpensive book easy to read cover to cover in a weekend and worth the time invested. Bookstores should stock the book for the interested clinician. Medicallibraries may be less disposed toward purchasing a copy because books of this genre may become outdated with the next wave of published research results.
Booknews
Following from the unequivocal knowledge that schizophrenia is a brain disorder, this volume provides a thorough examination of schizophrenia that includes neurobehavioral studies, traditional and emerging technologies, psychosocial and medical treatments, and future research opportunities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880489508
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/1994
  • Series: American Psychopathological Association Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy C. Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D., is Andrew H. Woods Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, and Director of the Mental Health Clinical Research Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

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Table of Contents

Schizophrenia: The Human Experience. Prologue. Schizophrenia: a parent's perspective -- mourning without end. Schizophrenia from a family point of view: a social and economic perspective. Is biological psychiatry building on an adequate base? Clinical realities and underlying processes in schizophrenic disorders. The Phenomenology of Schizophrenia. Prologue. Neural mechanisms of mental phenomenal. Brain function in schizophrenia: application of neurobehavioral studies. Phenomenology, environmental risk, and genetics: twin studies of schizophrenia. The Neurobiology of Schizophrenia: Traditional Methods and Emerging Technologies. Prologue. Postmortem neurochemical and neuropathological studies in schizophrenia. Positron-emission tomography as a metabolic and neurochemical probe. Treatment of Schizophrenia. Prologue. The search for ideal medications: developing a rational neuropharmacology. Efficacy, mechanisms, and side effects of typical and atypical neuroleptics. Psychosocial treatments of schizophrenia: the potential of relationships. A Glimpse of the Future: The Molecular Basis of Schizophrenia. Prologue. Molecular insights into schizophrenia. Molecular genetic research in schizophrenia.

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