The Science of Mental Illness

The Science of Mental Illness

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This book presents an overview of mental illness and how the investigation, definition, and classification of mental disorders has evolved along with the evolution of science. The book indicates how scientific methodology, applied to investigations of such disorders as schizophrenia and alcoholism, proved a biological basis for many disorders. It further discusses how the findings from such studies have affected the classification and taxonomy of mental disorders, and the tools currently used by clinicians in the Western Hemisphere. This book compiles material previously scattered throughout numerous journal articles into a succinct narrative that should not only satisfy the professional, but also engage the student or general reader.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 158 pages
  • 157.48 x 233.68 x 17.78mm | 476.27g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • index
  • 0122917456
  • 9780122917455

Table of contents

Part 1 Overview: defining mental illness - scientific implications. Part 2 Scientific foundations of psychopathology: scientific explanation of deviant behaviour; categories of mental disorder - taxonomic explanation; categories as causes - implications for an evolving classification. Part 3 Achieving theoretical unity in psychopathology: psychopathology and the causal nervous system.
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