Mood Genes

Mood Genes : Hunting for Origins of Mania and Depression

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In this text, Samuel Barondes explores the relationship between genes and mental disorders. Focusing on manic-depressive disorder, Barondes discusses whether abnormalities in specific genes can lead to mental dysfunction. Barondes then argues that identification of these genes may allow us to prevent manic depression and develop new treatments.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 137.16 x 210.82 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 10 line drawings, bibliography, index
  • 0195131061
  • 9780195131062

About Samuel H. Barondes

Samuel H. Barondes, M.D., is the Jeanne and Sanford Robertson Professor and Director of the Center for Neurobiology and Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. He recently chaired the Workgroup on Genetics of the National Institute of Mental Health, and is the author of Scientific American Library's Molecules and Mental Illness.show more

Review quote

"Himself a scientist of the highest caliber, Barondes has a talent for making the complex comprehensible and allowing readers access to a medical detective story that is taking leaps forward in our time."--Peter D. Kramer, author of Listening to Prozac and Should You Leave?"Presented so clearly as to make the reader feel almost like an expert in the subject."--Scientific American"An exciting gene hunt, written in comfortable and in parts racy prose by an authority in the field. "--Nature"'Unputdownable' is a word one associates with thrillers rather than science books, but I found it hard to stop reading Mood Genes."--The New York Times Book Reviewshow more

Table of contents

Michael's family; a single morbid process; the astonishing leap from traits to genes; from peas to people; some tools for the hunt; hunting without a map; Ana's family; hot spots in the genome; both good seed and bad; grappling with fate; "better than well" - some trouble with Michael.show more

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