Genetics of Mental Disorders (Paperback)

What Practitioners and Students Need to Know

By Stephen V. Faraone, PhD, Tsuang, Ming T., MD, PhD, DSc, FRCPsych, Debby W. Tsuang, MD,MSc

The Guilford Press, 9781572307391, 272pp.

Publication Date: December 14, 2001

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Hardcover (5/21/1999)

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Description

This book provides a comprehensive and readable primer on the complex interplay of genetic and environmental factors in mental disorders. Rendering technical concepts accessible, and laying to rest common myths and oversimplifications, the book describes what (and how) scientists have learned about the causation and expression of such frequently encountered disorders as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, and Alzheimer disease. Clinicians and students gain the basic knowledge they need to evaluate the literature in this rapidly developing field, understand implications for treatment, and communicate genetic information to clients and families. Throughout, special attention is given to the critical ethical and professional concerns raised by emerging technologies.


Praise For Genetics of Mental Disorders: What Practitioners and Students Need to Know

"Genetics of Mental Disorders, a primer on psychiatric genetics whose authors have long experience in genetic research and teaching, is a strong candidate for becoming a basic text for those embarking on careers in research, teaching, or clinical practice. With its admirable blend of fundamental facts and clinical applications, the book will be helpful to professionals in various disciplines. Particularly useful are the highlighted summary statements labeled 'key points' and the nuggets called 'clinical tips.' These help the reader fixate the more detailed and complex material from preceding sections."--Psychiatric Services

"This volume offers an important introductory resource for those interested in understanding genetic influences on mental disorders. Although geared primarily toward practicing clinicians, the book lives up to its title in that it covers topics that would also be of interest to residents and students in the fields of psychiatry, molecular genetics, psychiatric genetics, and genetic epidemiology, as well as to other social science researchers who want to learn the basics of psychiatric genetics. The clarity with which the authors deal with complicated issues and scientific terminology also indicates that it might be of use to the advanced layman or upper-level undergraduate with interests in understanding the role that genetics plays in mental illness....the book is well written....the authors make a conscientious effort to define the terminologies and often use examples to help clarify the concepts. The book contains over 50 figures and 19 tables, which also aid the reader in understanding sometimes difficult concepts. The book is also well organized....offers a comprehensive look at the present and future of psychiatric genetics that is of use to researchers, students, and clinicians alike."--The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

"...an easily read primer, leading the reader from very basic principles through a catalog of modern genetics theory and technique, using frequent clinical examples....the role of environmental influences is consistently pointed out. Perhaps most importantly, this is done with a free-flowing, enthusiastic style that is a pleasure to read....Readers who would benefits from this book include practitioners interested in understanding the genetics literature and those beginning in research. It would make an excellent supplement to the genetics component of psychiatry residency didactics. A substantial glossary aids the nonmedical reader....The authors have succeeded in creating a paradox; an easily read book that explains modern psychiatric genetics in less than 300 pages."--Archives of Neurology

"Students, clinicians and researchers who study the genetic roots of mental disease will find this an involving overview which provides a comprehensive introduction to psychiatric genetics....can be absorbed by lay readers."--The Midwest Bookwatch

"This book is a concise and original summary of methods and guidelines in the field of psychiatric genetics. It will be useful to many individuals without previous genetic training: undergraduate and graduate students, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric residents, and practicing psychiatrists."--Psychiatric Times

"This primer on psychiatric genetic methodology will be a valued reference for those who remain mystified by quantitative and molecular genetics. The text is ideally suited for upper-level undergraduates, clinical psychology graduate students, psychiatric residents, mental health practitioners, and scientists with limited expertise in behavioral genetics."--William G. Iacono, PhD, Distinguished McKnight University Professor Director, Clinical Science and Psychopathology Research Training Program, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota

"Genetics of Mental Disorders is exquisitely written for psychiatrists-in-training or those who are unfamiliar with genetic principles and their applications to research and patient care. This text will begin to prepare clinicians for the employment of genetic understandings and new technologies with their patients. This lucid and precise summary succeeds in making a complex topic accessible. It is a pleasure to read and should be on the bookshelf of every psychiatrist-in-training."--Barbara Biesecker, MS, Genetic Counselor, Co-Director of the Section of Genetic Counseling Research and Training, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institute of Health


"[This book] is a strong candidate for becoming a basic text for those embarking on careers in research, teaching, or clinical practice. With its admirable blend of fundamental facts and clinical applications, the book will be helpful to professionals in various disciplines."

— Psychiatric Services

"An important introductory resource....The authors make a conscientious effort to define the terminologies and often use examples to help clarify the concepts. The book contains over 50 figures and 19 tables, which also aid the reader in understanding sometimes difficult concepts. The book is also well organized....Offers a comprehensive look at the present and future of psychiatric genetics."

— Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

"An easily read primer, leading the reader from very basic principles through a catalog of modern genetics theory and technique, using frequent clinical examples....The role of environmental influences is consistently pointed out. Perhaps most importantly, this is done with a free-flowing, enthusiastic style that is a pleasure to read....The authors have succeeded in creating a paradox; an easily read book that explains modern psychiatric genetics in less than 300 pages."

— Archives of Neurology

"Concise and original....Will be useful to many individuals without previous genetic training: undergraduate and graduate students, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric residents, and practicing psychiatrists."

— Psychiatric Times