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Research Advances in Genetics and Genomics: Implications for Psychiatry
Nancy C. Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D. (ed.)
American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc. (800-368-5777), 2005.
ISBN: 1-58562-200-1. Softcover, 140 pages.
Genetic risk factors have been identified for nearly every major category of psychiatric illness, with comparatively high risk ratios apparent for disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and autism. But the effort to identify specific genes or groups of genes associated with certain disorders has been marked with incremental progress at best. This book outlines the history of genetic research in psychiatry and offers a glimpse at how new discovery might eventually affect the provision of mental health services.
The individual chapter authors tend to devote much more space to the genetics than to their eventual implications. This makes the book a fairly dense read at times. …