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Darwinian Psychiatry

By: Alfonso Triosi and Michael McGuire

344 pages, no illustrations

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Jun 1998 | #97460 | ISBN: 0195116739
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Discusses the origin of pathological conditions, the adaptive and maladaptive aspects of symptoms and syndromes, the biological basis of social relations, and many other key concepts.

"The authors are psychiatrists who have done distinguished experimental work in primatology. They summarize evolutionary influences on everyday behavior, and argue convincingly for this area as a science basic to psychiatry."--The Quarterly Review of Biology

"Darwinian Psychiatry represents a encyclopedic, ambitious and well-argued attempt to convince its readers that the field of psychiatry would benefit from the explicit incorporation of evolutionary theory, and offers nothing short of a complete reconceptualization of mental disorders. McGuire and Troisi are writers of considerable distinction in the psychiatry literature...their scholarship is unmistakable and their shared knowledge startlingly comprehensive. The overall tone of the work is relatively conversational, a style that well befits the obvious familiarity of the authors with the tenets of evolutionary theory and their knowledge of mental conditions. Well thought out, well-structured, and well written...the appli


I. Introduction; 1. Darwinian psychiatry - the context; 2. Diagnosing and explaining disorders/conditions; II. An evolutionary context for disorders; 3. Evolutionary concepts important to psychiatry; 4. A theory of behavior; 5. Mechanisms, emotions, moods, symptoms, and affects; 6. Information processing; 7. Evolutionary models of disorders/conditions; 8. Regulation-dysregulation theory; III. Disorders and conditions in evolutionary context; 9. Personality disorders; 10. Anorexia nervosa; 11. Schizophrenia; 12. Phobias; 13. Other conditions; 14. Dysthymic disorder: a study of infrastructural suboptimality; IV. Treatment in evolutionary context; 15. Treatment in evolutionary context; V. Conclusion; 16. Summary and conclusion

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