Neurobiology of Mental Illness
Dennis S. Charney, Benjamin S. Bunney, Eric J. Nestler
Oxford University Press, 2001 - History - 958 pages
Advances in molecular and cellular biology and in the basic neurosciences are now bringing the revolution in molecular medicine to the field of psychiatry. This is the first comprehensive text to chart that progress. In 70 concise chapters it describes the current state of knowledge aboutthe neurobiological mechanisms underlying psychiatric disorders and shows how this information has the potential to dramatically improve treatment and ultimately lead to prevention. The text has been written by world-renowned experts in basic neuroscience and the pathophysiology and treatment ofpsychiatric disorders. It begins with a concise overview of the basic neurosciences followed by an evaluation of the tools that are available for the study of mental disorders in humans. The core of the book is a series of consistenetly organized sections on affective disorders, anxiety disorders,psychotic disorders, substance abuse disorders, psychiatric disorders in children, and miscellaneous diagnostic entities. Chatpers are written in a clear style that is easily accessible to practicing psychiatrists, and yet they are detailed enough to interest researchers and academics. The book iswell-illustrated and contains selected references that willprove valuable to readers. Both as a textbook and a reference work, Neurobiology of Mental Illness represents a unique and valuable resource for students of medicine, neuroscience and psychology; psychiatric residents and other trainees inthe mental health professions; practicing psychiatrists and psychologists; and other healthcare professionals.
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