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PART I: BROKEN BRAINS AND TROUBLED MINDS ; 1. Brave New Brain: Confronting the Burden of Mental Illness ; 2. A Waking Nightmare: Mental Illness and Ordinary People ; 3. Broken Brains, Troubled Minds: Being Blinded by False Dichotomies ; PART II: MIND MEETS MOLECULE ; 4. The Brain: The Mind's Dynamic Orchestra ; 5. Mapping the Genome: The Blueprint of Life ... and Death ; 6. Mapping the Mind: Using Neuroimaging to Observe How the Brain Thinks ; PART III: THE BURDEN OF MENTAL ILLNESS ; 7. Understanding What Mental Illnesses Are: The Past is Prologue to Progress ; 8. Schizophrenia: A Mind Divided ; 9. Mood Disorders: Riding the Emotional Roller Coaster ; 10. Dementias: A Death in Life ; 11. Anxiety Disorders: The Stress Regulator Goes Wild ; PART IV: BRAVE NEW BRAIN ; 12. O Brave New World: Conquering Mental Illness in the Era of the Genome ; References and Suggested Readings

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Nancy C. Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D., is Andrew H. Woods Chair of Psychiatry at The University of Iowa College of Medicine and the Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of Psychiatry. She has written hundreds of articles and ten other books, including The Broken Brain, the first book to describe the importance of neurobiology to understanding mental illness. She lives in Iowa City and Santa Fe.


Andreasen, a prolific author, editor of the American Journal of Psychiatry, and chair of psychiatry at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, argues that by combining our knowledge of the human genome with that of the human brain we can effectively "wage war" on mental illness. She summarizes what we know about the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of schizophrenia, dementia, and various mood and anxiety disorders. Stressing that these illnesses are multifactorial (caused by both multiple genes and environmental factors), she predicts that the powerful new tools of molecular biology can be successfully applied to mental illness. Like Rita Carter in Mapping the Mind (LJ 2/15/99), which summarizes the current state of medical technology, Andreasen describes those tools along with the neuroimaging techniques that help us to view the functioning brain. Her text is unique in that it covers the fundamentals of neurobiology and at the same time touches on key issues in medical economics, treatment, and prevention. Hypothetical case studies illustrate the progression and impact of mental illness. Written with clarity and sensitivity, this study offers a refreshing, optimistic vision of the future. Suitable for public and academic libraries. Laurie Bartolini, Illinois State Lib., Springfield Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Informative and well written, this volume is highly recommended to clinicians as well as consumers, interested in understanding the new brain science and its applications to psychiatry. * Psychological Medicine, 35 *

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