- Paperback: 195 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (April 17, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393704149
- ISBN-13: 978-0393704143
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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About the Author
J. Douglas Bremner, M.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Radiology and Director of the Emory Center for Positron Emission Tomography at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, and Director of Mental Health Research at the Atlanta VAMC in Decatur, Georgia. He has authored over 150 publications, and written or edited three books, most recently Does Stress Damage the Brain? Understanding Trauma-Related Disorders from a Mind-Body Perspective.
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First, I applaud Dr. Bremner's goal in writing the book, as stated in the preface:
"Neutrons, photons, relaxation times, and Fourier transforms - you can't open a journal in the field of psychology and psychiatry these days without being swamped with these types of terms. We in the mental health field have been trying to put our heads in the sand wince the time of Freud, but now it is time to face the facts: If you don't have a basic concept of neurobiology of mental disorders, you don't have a comprehensive handle on mental disorders. And how do we learn about the neurobiology of mental disorders? With brain imaging. That is why the field of brain imaging has invaded and taken the leading edge of our profession. This even took most of us by surprise but, now that it has occurred, we need to catch up."
As a physician double-trained in psychiatry and nuclear medicine, Dr. Bremner offers rare insight to help mental healthcare providers understand these new concepts that will, we hope, inform their practices. The layperson, too, will gain new appreciation for the conditions that affect their loved ones or themselves. (When it comes to those reluctant to accept the actual, brain-based challenges of psychiatric conditions, sometimes a picture does speak a thousand words.) And all readers will be fascinated to learn more about such things as the "functional correlates of normal learning and cognition" - for example, the brain areas associated with our visual, auditory, sensory, and olfactory senses.
Second, I admire the high production values in this book, which gently lure even the most neuroscience-skittish reader. Specifically,
* beautiful, coated stock
* ample illustrations (four-color brain images, nicely detailed drawings, charts, etc.)
* informative captions for the illustrations
* well-chosen typography
* manageable size - 6 x 9-inch, 193 pages, with airy margins and gutter
Third, the chapters are tightly focused, with plenty of subheads. For example, Chapter 4 is titled Childhood Onset Disorders (with subheads Autism, ADHD, Childhood-onset Schizophrenia, Dyslexia, Anorexia Nervosa, OCD, Anxiety and Mood Disorders)
Clear, concise, and accessible, this is a valuable contribution to the libraries of researchers, clinicians, and students as well as laypersons who are interested in this burgeoning field of study.