Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
As its title indicates, this text provides an overview of the neurobiology
of the major psychiatric disorders and clinical clusters. Contributing authors
are accomplished scientists, who share a lifetime of perspective on complex
and dynamic schemas for understanding the reciprocal interaction between biology
The book provides a well-written, neatly organized, and synthetic middle
ground between a more comprehensive text of clinical psychiatry, as provided
in Synopsis of Psychiatry, edited by Kaplan and Sadock
(Philadelphia, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins) and basic neuroscience texts,
such as Principles of Neuroscience, edited by Kandel,
Schwartz, and Jessell (New York, NY, McGraw-Hill). As such, a text of this
sort is a requisite for any modern psychiatry residency curriculum. Similarly,
as the boundary between mental illness and neurological illness continues
to blur, neurologists and neurology training programs would be well served
by this text in the service of widening their understanding of diseases of
the nervous system that have traditionally fallen outside their clinical jurisdiction.
Additionally, neuroscience graduate and undergraduate programs will find many
useful sections providing a context in which basic mechanisms can be related
to clinical applications.
Siegel SJ. Neurobiology, Psychiatry. JAMA. 2004;292(3):387-388. doi:10.1001/jama.292.3.387