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Melancholia: The Diagnosis, Pathophysiology and Treatment of Depressive Illness Hardcover – June 19, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0521841511 ISBN-10: 0521841518 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (June 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521841518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521841511
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.2 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,410,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Taylor and Fink are right to call attention to the current neglect of melancholic depression...The authors' emphasis on the special nature of melancholia serves as a welcome reminder that we should pay more attention to this blackest form of mood disorder."
Samuel H. Barondes, The New England Journal of Medicine

"...the historical information and broad understanding of the complex subject matter will be valid for many years to come."
Victoria A. Shea, M.D., Psychiatric Services

"The book elegantly integrates genetic predispositions, environmental stressors, temperament, and neurophysiology to both explain what is known about the causes of melancholia and to chart a research agenda.... should be required reading for younger clinicians and residents trained under the hegemony of categorical classification systems..."
Cynthia M. A. Geppert, MD, PhD, MPH, Psychiatric Times

"I doubt anyone has ever written as comprehensive a book on any aspect of mood disorder.... Overall an outstanding work, thorough and precise. It is written at several levels, and can be read by anyone, no matter what level of training or professional expertise."
Roy Sugarman, Ph.D., Director of Clinical and Neuropsychological Services, Brain Resource Company, Ultimo, Australia
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Book Description

This book provides a comprehensive review of melancholia as a severe disorder of mood, associated with suicide, psychosis, and catatonia. The syndrome is defined with a clear diagnosis, prognosis, and range of management strategies. It challenges accepted doctrines and describes melancholia as a treatable and preventable mental illness.

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This is an important book on an often overlooked subject. The disorder is known from antiquity but at present often confused with major depressive disorder in general. The authors are outstanding researchers in the field and provides the text with an exquisite reference-list. As promised on the cover it gives a good image of diagnosis, psychopathology and treatment of a disorder that causes much suffering and means an increased risk of suicide in comparison with major depressive disorder in general. I do recommend this book!
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