Molecules and Mental Illness

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-06-01
  • Publisher: W H Freeman & Co

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One of the few psychiatrists with formal training in molecular biology, Barondes offers an unusual perspective on the symptoms and treatment of mental illness. Passages written by patients and their families describing their illnesses, the frustrations of being diagnosed, and the concessions and adaptations they make are interspersed with Barondes' text and provide a human counterpoint. With biological research playing an increasingly important role in modern psychiatry and the treatment of patients, Molecules and Mental Illness is a timely, important book for patients and professionals alike.

Author Biography

Samuel H. Barondes, M.D., is a psychiatrists with formal training in molecular biology. He is the Jeanne and Sanford Robertson Professor and Director of the Center for Neurobiology and Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. A member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, he also serves as President of the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience and recently chaired the Workgroup on Genetics of the National Institute of Mental Health.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. v
The Evolution of Biological Psychiatryp. 1
The Genetics of Behaviorp. 21
How Genes Workp. 45
Neurons, Circuits, and Neurotransmissionp. 65
Drugs and Receptorsp. 91
Mania and Depressionp. 117
Schizophreniap. 143
Fears and Compulsionsp. 173
Epiloguep. 199
Recapitulation (in Verse)p. 205
Further Readingp. 209
References and Sources of Illustrationsp. 210
Indexp. 212
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