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Manic-Depressive Illness: Bipolar Disorders and Recurrent Depression, 2nd Edition Hardcover – March 22, 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1262 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (March 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195135792
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195135794
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 8.9 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...Goodwin and Jamison have harvested the intellectual growth which the earlier volume has spawned and published an extraordinary second edition. Here the authors capture once again the whole range of the current views of these disorders in a way that points to the future, not only for those who treat people with these recurrent illnesses but for all interested in understanding the enormous scientific growth that the psychobiology of affect has experienced in the last decade and a half. This book has no peer. It again has set the standard by which all textbooks in psychiatry will be judged."--Eric R. Kandel, MD, University Professor of Physiology and Cell Biophysics, Psychiatry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Columbia University and winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize for Medicine

"In a dazzlingly lucid, extensively researched, and amazingly comprehensive display of scholarship, this book remains the authoritative masterpiece on manic-depressive illness. The authors have mastered the complex jargon of the geneticist, the neuroscientist, and the futurist, covering pertinent studies from the drosophila circadian clock mechanisms to the growing neuropathological findings in post-mortem brains. It truly is a masterpiece of writing clarity."--Floyd Bloom. MD, Professor Emeritus, Molecular and Integrative Neuroscience Department, The Scripps Research Institute, and former Editor-in-Chief of the journal Science

"We are grateful to have an updated edition of the classic work on bipolar disorder; with great expertise and fine judgment the authors have admirably condensed the findings of the exponential development in the literature and international scientific endeavor into a single volume. Like the previous edition, it sets the gold standard for the general reader, students, teachers, scientists, health care professionals, and for patients and their relatives."--Jules Angst, MD, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, University of Zurich, Switzerland

"This is the Bible of manic-depressive illness and recurrent depression. It is the secure basis for all kinds of scientific and clinical expeditions. It unifies an immense past knowledge with the standards of the present and creates the roadmap for the future. In this book, no field and no aspect of mood and mood-related disorders remain uncovered."-Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h. c. Andreas Marneros, Psychiatric University Clinic, Halle-Wittenberg/Germany

"Manic-Depressive Illness stands above other selections in the field because of its organization and the clarity of presentation, in addition to the way it reveals the most cutting-edge thinking in the field. In sum, these attributes, when stitched together, render this book the authority in its field."--The Electric Review

"This definitive text on MDI/bipolar disorders documents what we have learned circa 2006, presents it clearly and logically, and should stimulate serious students of these disorders to seek and learn more."--Doody's, a 5 Star Review

About the Author

Frederick K. Goodwin is Director of the Center on Neuroscience, Behavior and Society, George Washington University. Kay Redfield Jamison is a Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University.

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This month's long-awaited second edition recently hit the streets, and is well worth the wait.
John McManamy
This book covers most everything from the most basic to the most complex information to date on this vexing condition.
Christopher John
This book would also be excellent for someone who wants to know about bipolar I disorder--manic depressive disorder.
Papa Joe

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Graham on April 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
...disorder, then buy this one. For yourself, to help you understand yourself and to understand your psychiatrist too. And then buy Jamison's autobiography, "An unquiet mind", to lend to family and friends to help them understand as best as any "normal" person can. Comprehensive and technical. But entirely readable, this is THE textbook on the subject and although Jamison was not "out" as one of us at the time she wrote, it still shows! It was frightening in some ways to read this for the first time some years ago, realising just how accurately she and her co-author described my experiences, yet at the same time reassuring that here was someone who really had a grip on this disease. No book gets 5 star reviews from 8 people (so far) without good reason.
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70 of 76 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Having been diagnosed with Bipolar II four years ago, I searched and researched the Internet and bookstores for anything I could find on Manic-Depressive illness. It was by pure chance that I stumbled on this book.
Some years ago, I was a nursing student and psychiatric nursing seemed to be my speciality, since I had some innate ability to understand the mind. And, ever the nursing student, I continued long after nursing school to learning more about psychiatric illness, especially once I was diagnosed with it.
The book is technical in content, but easy for the layperson to understand, providing they have a good dictionary. Being a nursing student, much of the language comes easy for me, but the layperson can grasp a good understanding of the illness. Their references to Kraepelin were especially important since he was the first to recognized the two poles of the illness.
I would recommend this book to any person diagnosed with Bipolar and their families, to help understand their illness and to know they are not alone.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is THE classic text about manic-depressive illness. However, I would not recommend buying it, as it is 10 years old and much has happened in our understanding of the illness in the past decade. Save money; borrow it from the library.
Instead, I recommend Dr. Francis Mondimore's "Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients and Families", which is up-to-date, thorough, full of practical advice, and written for laypeople; and any of Kay Redfield Jamison's books, especially "An Unquiet Mind."
I have bipolar II and both family members and I have found Dr. Mondimore's book to be VERY helpful.
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71 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl L. Binney on April 7, 2000
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I was diagnosed with Bipolar I back in 1992, when I was 29 and have researched the illness seriously since 1998 when I was a Sophomore in college as a Psychology major. Like Dr. Jamison, I plan on becoming a Clinical Psychologist and an expert in the area. The book was an excellent reference about the illness and I recommend it to anyone with one drawback. It only advocates the old views regarding treatment, primarily only Lithium and a mentioning of Depakote and Tegretal. Dr. Jamison also only advocates Lithium in all of her other books. For 6 years, the Dr.'s that treated me did the same along with adding Depakote combination. I'm allergic to Tegretal. I took my medication faithfully during this time and lived in a state of constant manic mode. It was with the courage of a new Dr. that realized that I am traditional treatment resistant and prescribed Lamictal in Jan. 98 and that is when my life went from the gutter to receiving my BA in Psychology in Jun. 2000. The number of patients with Refractory Bipolar, or in my case, just resistant are mounting and attention need to brought to the foreground of the newer anticonvulsives effectiveness: Lamictal, Neurontin, and Topomax. I lived in total dispair for 6 yrs. and as a future Practioner, I will make sure that a patient of mine never has to suffer the way I did. Someday in the future with the coordination from Psychiatry, I hope to write a book on newer, better, and safer medications for treatment practices. I thank Dr.'s Goodwin and Jamison for their work for advocating information on the illness, yet it is a disadvantage in the way of treatment.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is everything you need to know about manic-depressive illness that your doctor doesn't have time to tell you. Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison has a passion for the subject and the knowledge to back it up.
As and individual afflicted with manic-depressive illness, I have read almost every book Jamison and others have published on Manic-Depressive Illness and can honestly say that if it has her name as author, it is an excellent resource on manic-depressive illness. She is thorough and concise yet easy to understand.
This book has it all. Everything you want to know, technically, about manic-depressive illness is in this book. For a personal account, "An Unquiet Mind" is a must, also written by Dr. Kay Jamison Redfield. She is an expert on the topic personally and professionally. What a wonderfully sensative combination.
Thanks again Kay!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 1996
Format: Hardcover
This is an invaluable resource for anyone with
Bipolar Disorder (Manic-Depressive Illness) or
anyone who loves them. Though targeted at
medical professionals, most of the information
presented is well within the grasp of an intelligent
and motivated layperson. I'm not a doctor of any
sort, but I *do* have Bipolar Disorder, and take
an active interest and role in my own health-care...
this is a terrific book, and it summarizes what is
known about the causes, treatment, and management
of this disorder as of about 1990. (Hopefully,
there will be an update soon!)
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