Evolutionary Psychiatry : A new beginning
Anthony Stevens and John Price argue that psychiatric symptoms are manifestations of ancient adaptive strategies which are no longer necessarily appropriate but which can best be understood and treated in an evolutionary and developmental context. Particularly important are the theories Stevens and Price propose to account for the worldwide existence of mood disorders and schizophrenia, as well as offering solutions for such puzzles as paedophilia, sado-masochism and the function of dreams.
Readily accessible to both the specialist and non-specialist reader, Evolutionary Psychiatry describes in detail the disorders and conditions commonly encountered in psychiatric practice and shows how evolutionary theory can account for their biological origins and functional nature.
This Classic Edition of the book includes a new preface by Anthony Stevens and a foreword by Paul Gilbert.
- Paperback | 314 pages
- 159 x 235 x 18.29mm | 476g
- 10 Dec 2015
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- 6 Tables, black and white; 3 Illustrations, black and white
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11 Nov 2013
19 Aug 2016
09 Oct 2013
13 Jun 2014
19 Aug 2016
13 Mar 2014
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"The authors modestly claim that their book is no more than a first effort to define the basic components of human behaviour and its disorders in terms of evolutionary biology ... In my view, this attempt at a new paradigm is one of the most fruitful developments in psychiatry in recent years." - Anthony Storr, the Financial Times
'Warmly recommended.' - Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian
"The book serves as a thought-provoking introduction to a young and rapidly growing area of research. I suspect that the authors' claim that "psychiatry is entering the most exciting phase in its history" may prove correct." - Stuart Blackman, New Scientist
"This book will be of interest to psychiatrists working in many areas and should be available in medical libraries'"- British Journal of Psychiatry
About Anthony Stevens
John Price has worked for the Medical Research Council Psychiatric Genetics Unit, and as a Consultant Psychiatrist in the NHS. He is a former Senior Lecturer in Psychological Medicine at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and was Chairman of the Section on Psychotherapy of the World Psychiatric Association.