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February 8, 1980

Manic Illness

Author Affiliations

Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine Chicago


edited by Baron Shopsin, 234 pp, with illus, New York, Raven Press, $18, 1979.

JAMA. 1980;243(6):570. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300320056033

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This is a worthwhile book for the general psychiatrist and perhaps for the physician in any specialty who has managed to keep himself knowledgeable in the recent findings in the physiology, biochemistry, and endocrinology of the brain, especially the hypothesis involving the catecholamine and indolamine theory of affective disorders. The chapters are well written and contain excellent critical reviews of the literature. I would recommend especially the chapters on the epidemiology and the pharmacology of mania. The tone of this volume is one of inquiry, and heavy-handed conclusions are avoided so that one can make a reasonable judgment on the state of current research and the need for more research. I would only add one caveat; the chapter on psychoanalytic aspects of mania is deficient in its coverage of the recent literature on this subject— conspicuously absent is the work of Jacobson and Kohut, two major contributors to psychoanalytic theory