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Books, Journals, New Media
July 21, 2004

Neurobiology, Psychiatry

Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2004;292(3):387-388. doi:10.1001/jama.292.3.387

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 and behavior.

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.