Brave New Brain : Conquering Mental Illness in the Era of the Genome
Brave New Brain is a travel guide to the future. Scientists are presently mapping both the terrain of the brain and the geography of the genome. Psychiatry has joined them on a quest to conquer mental illnesses - those illnesses that strike the most human part of our bodies, our brains and minds. Brave New Brain is designed as a resource book for following this voyage of discovery. It explains the nature of mental illness and genome and brain mapping. using clear simple language, interesting case histories, and extensive illustrations. Scientists today know more about the brain than ever before. Andreasen gives us an engaging and readable description of how it all works, from the billions of neurons to the tiny thalamus to the moral monitor in our prefrontal cortex. She also shows the progress made in mapping the human genome, whose 30,000-40,000 genes are almost all active in the brain.
- Paperback | 380 pages
- 156 x 232 x 28mm | 557.92g
- 01 Mar 2004
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- 8pp colour plates, numerous halftone and line figures
Table of contents
PART I: BROKEN BRAINS AND TROUBLED MINDS ; 1. Brave New Brain: Confronting the Burden of Mental Illness ; 2. A Waking Nightmare: Mental Illness and Ordinary People ; 3. Broken Brains, Troubled Minds: Being Blinded by False Dichotomies ; PART II: MIND MEETS MOLECULE ; 4. The Brain: The Mind's Dynamic Orchestra ; 5. Mapping the Genome: The Blueprint of Life ... and Death ; 6. Mapping the Mind: Using Neuroimaging to Observe How the Brain Thinks ; PART III: THE BURDEN OF MENTAL ILLNESS ; 7. Understanding What Mental Illnesses Are: The Past is Prologue to Progress ; 8. Schizophrenia: A Mind Divided ; 9. Mood Disorders: Riding the Emotional Roller Coaster ; 10. Dementias: A Death in Life ; 11. Anxiety Disorders: The Stress Regulator Goes Wild ; PART IV: BRAVE NEW BRAIN ; 12. O Brave New World: Conquering Mental Illness in the Era of the Genome ; References and Suggested Readings
Informative and well written, this volume is highly recommended to clinicians as well as consumers, interested in understanding the new brain science and its applications to psychiatry. * Psychological Medicine, 35 *
About Nancy C. Andreasen
Nancy C. Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D., is Andrew H. Woods Chair of Psychiatry at The University of Iowa College of Medicine and the Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of Psychiatry. She has written hundreds of articles and ten other books, including The Broken Brain, the first book to describe the importance of neurobiology to understanding mental illness. She lives in Iowa City and Santa Fe.