A “B.E.” (Before Endorphins) Smorgasbord of Treatises on Neuropeptides

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 859–860. Reviews the book, Neuropeptide Influences on the Brain and Behavior: Advances in Biochemical Psychopharmacology, Vol. 17 edited by Lyle H. Miller, Curt A. Sandman, and Abba J. Kastin (1977). The field of neuropeptides has been undergoing such rapid changes that any book on this subject is fated to be obsolete from the moment of its inception. This book is no exception. Produced as the result of the Bicentennial Polypeptide Conference held in Philadelphia in the year of the American Bicentennial, the timing of this volume was less auspicious in the context of scientific history in that it antedated the gathering tidal wave of endorphins which was shortly to engulf the neuropeptide field. Thus, a notable drawback of this book is the absence of any chapters on endorphins; the focus of the book is mainly on ACTH and its fragments. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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