The fascinating Psychopathology in the Genome and Neuroscience Era brings together selected topics in psychiatric genetics, epidemiology and prevention, and neuroscience and education. This key reference integrates this information across the fields of genetics, epidemiology, and neuroscience to arrive at an understanding of where recent advances in genetics and neuroscience -- advances that promise to enhance our understanding of human behavior and psychopathology -- are likely to influence psychopathology research and education in the near future.
How will the field of psychopathology incorporate the coming avalanche of information generated by these recent advances? The answer will influence not only how mental health professionals diagnose and treat patients but also how the next generation of professionals is trained.
Chapters in this exciting compilation are based on individual talks by 20 international experts at the conceptual forefront of their respective fields given at the March 2003 American Psychopathological Association annual meeting. Organized into four main sections -- the future of psychiatric genetics, diagnosis and prevention of psychiatric disorders, neurobiology and psychiatric disorders, and the future of psychiatric education -- Psychopathology in the Genome and Neuroscience Era focuses on a broad range of topics: The importance of a conceptual shift from identifying major genes for mental disorders to gaining an understanding of the role of which genes in which contexts, both biological and environmental, confer susceptibility to or protection from mental disorders or components thereof Historical perspective of gene susceptibility to mental disorders, with the same possibilities for use and misuse of genotype data as now exist for significantly heritable traits such as intelligence, and for borderline traits such as criminal behavior and alcoholism Reconceptualization of medicine and medical diagnoses to include molecular genetic components, including the importance of cell loss and neurogenesis in mood disorders Major phenotypic problems inherent in all attempts to measure psychopathology, starting with how to achieve reliability, and how to advance from reliability to validity in future revisions of DSM and ICD classifications Brain structural abnormalities in mood disorders; physiological cell death and whether or not this natural phenomenon can be converted into a pathological process, including the importance of cell loss and neurogenesis in mood disorders The influence of scientific advances, workforce issues, and educational trends on psychiatric training
Psychopathology in the Genome and Neuroscience Era is a must-read reference work for anyone -- practitioners, residents, and students alike -- interested in the future of psychiatric genetics, epidemiology, and education.
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Charles F. Zorumski, M.D., is Samuel B. Guze Professor and Head of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.
Eugene H. Rubin, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Vice Chair for Education at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.
ContributorsPrefacePART I: The Future of Psychiatric GeneticsChapter 1. Bridging Genetics and Epidemiology of Mental DisordersChapter 2. New Genes for Human Behavior in Historical PerspectiveChapter 3. Redefining Early-Onset Disorders for Genetic Studies: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and AutismChapter 4. Genetic Risk Factors for Late-Onset Alzheimer's DiseasePART II: Diagnosis and Prevention of Psychiatric DisordersChapter 5. Are There Phenotype Problems?Chapter 6. Advancing From Reliability to Validity: The Challenge for the DSM-V/ICD-11 RevisionsChapter 7. Prospects for Prevention of Mental Disorders in the Era of Genomic MedicinePART III: Neurobiology and Psychiatric DisordersChapter 8. Brain Structural Abnormalities in Mood DisordersChapter 9. Neuroapoptosis During Synaptogenesis: A Final Common Path to Neurodevelopmental DisturbancesChapter 10. Neurobiology, Neurogenesis, and the Pathology of PsychopathologyPART IV: The Future of Psychiatric EducationChapter 11. Influence of Scientific Advances, Workforce Issues, and Educational Trends on Psychiatric TrainingChapter 12. Crisis in American Psychiatric Education: An Argument for the Inclusion of Research Training for All Psychiatric ResidentsIndex
This is an excellent new book covering the present and future research perspectives on the neuroscience of psychopathology. This book will help practicing psychiatrists to keep abreast of this rapidly changing field. No psychiatrist should be left behind! * Doody's Review Service *
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