Biological bases of psychiatric disorders

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(10), 777. Reviews the book, Biological bases of psychiatric disorders edited by Alan Frazer and Andrew Winokur (1977). This book is a useful contemporary collection of articles on possible biological bases of psychiatric disorders. Part 1 consists of a very well-condensed overview of the neurosciences. Part 2 describes the range of research strategies (neuroendocrinology, genetics, sleep, primate models, and studies of human brain damage). Part 3 reviews the psychotropic drugs. Finally, part 4 focuses on the major psychiatric disorders: schizophrenia, depression, opiate dependence, and alcoholism. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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