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Endocrine Psychiatry: Solving the Riddle of Melancholia Hardcover – May 12, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0199737468 ISBN-10: 0199737460 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (May 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199737460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199737468
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,798,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Is the timing right for this sort of publication? Probably. As the title implies a fall has occurred so it is hard to say whether it will be of interest. In reality I would say rise, fall, another rise with the concept of CRH antagonists for depression in the 1990s and in the past couple of years (peaking now) another all because they don't work for depression. Dr. Fink is an internationally known expert on ECT. . . . I would buy a copy and enjoyed reading the chapters provided."
--E. Sherwood Brown, M.D., P.h.D
Associate Professor, Director, Psychoneuroendocrine Research Program,
Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX

"Dr. Max Fink is one of the originators of modern psychiatric therapeutics, and his historical perspectives would be of interest. I personally would buy this book."
--Owen M. Wolkowitz, MD
Professor of Psychiatry, UCSF School of Medicine
San Francisco, CA

"With a strategic organization, the book effectively provides the necessary introduction in the first several chapters, while the latter chapters present the challenges and shortcomings of endocrine psychiatry." --Doody's

About the Author

Edward Shorter, PhD
Professor of the History of Medicine
Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine
Professor of Psychiatry
Faculty of MedicineUniversity of Toronto

Max Fink, MD
Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology Emeritus
School of Medicine
State University of New York at Stony Brook
New York, NY

More About the Author

Professor of the History of Medicine, Professor of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Currently doing research on the history of psychiatry and of psychopharmacology.

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Format: Hardcover
I discovered this monograph unexpectedly at the local university library while looking for books on the thyroid. Having hypothyroidism and DSM, Axis-1 diagnoses (ocd/bipolar 2), client-side experience in psychotherapy as well as a history degree and some affective neuroscience and psychology exposure, I found this book personally and academically edifying! It's interesting and exciting to learn of professionals who are interested in the link between hormones, central nervous system abnormalities, and psychopathology. I suppose being hypothyroidic and suffering from depression and anxiety primed me to accept the obvious hypothesis that the endocrine system is implicated in patho(psycho)physiology. The authors write technically, but somewhat accessibly for the diligent layman, while elucidating the muddled tango of endocrinology and psychiatry. A central thesis of the book is the dexamethasone suppression test (DST) as a clinically useful measure for melancholia and catanoia that psychiatry has misunderstood and misinterpreted in light of the vague classification of depression in the APA's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). The authors seem sincerely interested in both a renewal of psychoneuroendocrinology and a more scientific basis for the field of psychiatry. The hope for a medically-modeled test that would help in psychiatric treatment protocols is advocated and exemplified in the DST. Sprinkled with interviews, history, research studies, and educated opinion, "Endocrine Psychiatry" also touches upon the human person as patient and the aspiration that relief and recovery will arise from a more scientifically-informed psychiatry. For that to happen, the authors argue, it is time for psychiatry to have another look at endocrinology. I recommend this work and hope that professionals will nota bene.
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