Developmental Science, vol 4, issue 3, edited by Mark H. Johnson, Oxford,
England, Blackwell Publishers, 2001.
Handbook of Developmental Psychopathology, 2nd ed, edited by Arnold J Sameroff,
PhD, Michael Lewis, PhD, and Suzanne M. Miller, PhD, 786 pp, $95, ISBN 0-306-46275-3,
New York, NY, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2000.
Developmental Neuropsychiatry, vols 1 and 2,
by James C. Harris, MD, 288 pp, with illus, $36, ISBN 0-19513-110-X, London,
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The latter half of the 20th century saw the burgeoning of a new array
of techniques to probe the brain and study behavior, as well as reexamine
the mind. However, the work domains of involved scientists—molecular,
genetic, anatomic, physiological, cognitive, sociologic, and behavioral—remain
separate. While it is clear that developmental science is relevant to clinical
practice, integration and cross-talk between the basic sciences and the clinic
is barely under way. We must now consider the delineation of relations between
different levels of inquiry if we are to find new answers to questions regarding
the etiology and pathogenesis of, and treatments for, psychiatric disorders
in children and adolescents. The newly designated concept of developmental
psychopathology has the significance of reminding child and adolescent psychiatrists,
as well as general psychiatrists, that the findings of basic scientists studying
the development of brain and mind are relevant to 21st-century inquiry. This
expanding knowledge base holds the promise of increasing understanding by
providing, over time, new directions for modeling functional changes in health
care as well as disease prevention.
Whither Child Psychiatry in the 21st Century?. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2002;59(5):477-480. doi: