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Every clinician today needs a basic understanding of what causes violent behavior. The second edition of Neurobiology of Violence synthesizes current research on the origins of violence and reveals its implications for managing aggressive patients and minimizing risk.Author Jan Volavka, currently Chief of Clinical Research at the Nathan S. Kline Institute, spent time in a Nazi prison as a child and has devoted much of his career to studying violence in humans. In Neurobiology of Violence, Second Edition, he brought together research and clinical data from many diverse disciplines in a single-authored volume with a unified voice that is clearly written and interesting to read.Neurobiology of Violence, Second Edition, will give you a firm grounding in a complex subject that will help you diagnose, manage, and predict violent behavior. In the first part of the book you'll examine the basic science of the origins of violence in humans, such as  Factors in animal aggression that have parallels in human aggression, including the relationship between serotonin and aggression  The genetic and environmental factors that interplay from conception to adulthood to result in violence. In the latter part, you'll develop new insights and strategies for working with violent patients in discussions of the latest clinical science, including Major mental disorders and violent behaviors, including behaviors expressed in the community and those in psychiatric hospitals  Alcohol and various drugs and the tendencies of each type of abuse to predispose people to violence Current psychopharmacological approaches to managing violent behavior in patients. With more than 1000 updated references, the second edition of Neurobiology of Violence is a seminal resource for clinicians. It is an important tool for psychiatrists, neurologists, psychologists, and all other clinicians who struggle to understand and treat violent patients.show more

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  • Paperback | 410 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 20.3mm | 476.28g
  • American Psychiatric Association Publishing
  • VA, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • index
  • 1585620815
  • 9781585620814
  • 2,433,980

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This is the second edition of an outstanding book covering the neuroscientific underpinnings of violent behavior. Written and edited by an internationally recognized expert in the field, this book is an extremely valuable contribution to psychiatry. * Michael J. Schrift, D.O., Doody's Health Science Book Reviews * This volume provides an excellent, comprehensive review of the neurobiology of human violence and aggression. It is a well-written and concise work that has considerable relevance to physicians, providing an excellent reference for those interested in this topic. * Theodore D. Feldmann, M.D., Journal of Clinical Psychiatry *show more

About Jan Volavka

Jan Volavka, M.D., Ph.D., is Chief of the Clinical Research Division at The Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center in New York, New York.show more

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Every clinician today needs a basic understanding of what causes violent behavior. The second edition of Neurobiology of Violence synthesizes current research on the origins of violence and reveals its implications for managing aggressive patients and minimizing risk. Author Jan Volavka, currently Chief of Clinical Research at the Nathan S. Kline Institute, spent time in a Nazi prison as a child and has devoted much of his career to studying violence in humans. In Neurobiology of Violence, Second Edition, he has brought together research and clinical data from many diverse disciplines in a single-authored volume with a unified voice that is clearly written and interesting to read. Beginning with important information on the basic science of violence, including genetics, Neurobiology of Violence, Second Edition continues with topics of great practical value to today's clinician, including - Major mental disorders and violence- Alcohol and substance abuse and violence- Psychopharmacological approaches to managing violent behavior Extensively revised and updated, Neurobiology of Violence, Second Edition, is an essential resource for psychiatrists, neurologists, psychologists, and all other clinicians who struggle to understand and manage violent patients.show more

Table of contents

Preface to the Second EditionPreface to the First EditionAcknowledgmentsIntroductionChapter 1. Human Aggression and Criminal Violence: Definitions and ClassificationsChapter 2. Aggression Among AnimalsChapter 3. Neurotransmitters, Hormones, and GenesChapter 4. Neurological, Neuropsychological, and Brain Imaging Correlates of Violent BehaviorChapter 5. Congenital and Demographic FactorsChapter 6. Developmental Antecedents of Violent BehaviorChapter 7. Personality Disorders and Impulse ControlChapter 8. Violence and Psychoactive Substance AbuseChapter 9. Violent Behavior of Persons With Mental Disorders Outside of HospitalsChapter 10. Violent Behavior of Psychiatric InpatientsChapter 11. Biological Treatment of ViolenceChapter 12. Summary and ConclusionsAppendix Statistical Explanation of the Actuarial Method: Bayes DecisionReferencesIndexshow more