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    Biological Psychiatry (Hardback) Edited by Eve C. Johnstone


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    DescriptionThe term "biological psychiatry" often puzzles those working in other branches of science and medicine. The word "biology" refers to the study of living things and, therefore, encompasses physiological, biochemical and psychological forms of investigation. In psychiatry, however, it has become conventional to use the term "biological" to encompass phsiological and genetic approaches to psychiatric aetiology in contrast to psychosocial approaches. "Biological" causes of severe psychiatric disorder have been suspected from the earliest times, and in some periods an excessive focus upon them has led to neglect of psychological and social approaches to treatment, to the detriment of patients. There is no doubt that the causes of psychiatric illness are complex, and it is unlikely that any single approach, biological or psychosocial, will ever be sufficient on its own. Nevertheless, recent advances in basic science and technological developments have made a significant contribution to the understanding of psychiatric aetiology. This volume reviews the findings of the wide range of scientific approaches to mental illness that now exist, including structural and functional imaging of the brain, molecular genetics, cell biology and metabolic studies.

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    Biological Psychiatry
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Eve C. Johnstone
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 274
    Height: 230 mm
    Weight: 770 g
    ISBN 13: 9781853152818
    ISBN 10: 1853152811

    BIC E4L: HEA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S6.4
    BIC subject category V2: PSX
    DC21: 616.89
    BIC subject category V2: MMH, MF
    BISAC V2.8: SCI008000, MED105000, MED024000
    Thema V1.0: PSX, MF, MKL
    Illustrations note
    Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd
    Publication date
    01 October 1996
    Publication City/Country
    Table of contents
    Biological psychiatry in perspective, M.G. Gelder; genetic epidemiology, Pak Sham; modern molecular genetic approaches to psychiatric disease, Nick Craddock and Michael J. Owen; the genetics of mental retardation, Jonathan Flint and Andrew O.M. Wilkie; structural brain imaging in biological psychiatry, Shon Lewis; magnetic resonance spectroscopy in psychiatry - basic principles and applications, Sophia Frangou and Steven C.R. Williams; functional imaging - schizophrenia, Peter F. Liddle; functional imaging, affective disorder and dementia, Guy M. Goodwin; psychopharmacology - in vivo neurochemistry and pharmacology, Paul Grasby et al; advances in post-mortem molecular neurochemistry and neuropathology - examples from schizophrenia research, Paul J. Harrison; advances in psychopharmacology - mood disorders and dementia, P.J. Cowen; advances in psychopharmacology - schizophrenia, David G. Cunningham Owens; use of structural imaging to study the progression of Alzheimer's disease, A. David Smith and Kim A. Jobst; imaging as a tool in exploring the neurodevelopment and genetics of schizophrenia, Sophia Frangou and Robin M. Murray; the neuroendocrinology of depression and chronic stress, Stuart Checkley; neuropsychology of schizophrenia - what are the implications of intellectual and experiential abnormalities for the neurobiology of schizophrenia?, Chris Frith; neuropsychology - dementia and affective disorders, T.W. Robbins et al; theoretical neurobiology and schizophrenia, Karl J. Friston; concluding summary, Eve C. Johnstone.