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Mood Genes: Hunting for Origins of Mania and Depression (edition 1998)
Mood Genes: Hunting for Origins of Mania and Depression (Oxford Paperback Reference) by Samuel H. Barondes
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0195131061, Paperback)It's official. Our tendencies to be happy or sad come in part from our genes. Samuel H. Barondes is a neurobiologist and psychiatrist at the University of California, San Francisco, and his direct involvement with the subject lends friendly authority to the book. Examining manic depression as a case study, Barondes shows how this strange condition--thought to have been instrumental in the ups and downs of Dickens, van Gogh, and Newton, among others--is definitely heritable. Although the specific gene or genes associated with the disorder haven't been identified, Barondes's account of the search is fascinating.
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We know that many physical characteristics are determined by genes. But do genes also affect mental characteristics, such as the way we feel? Can abnormalities in specific genes lead to mental disorders? And, if so, can these genes actually be identified and their discovery put to use in prevention and treatment? In this book, leading psychiatrist and biological researcher Samuel Barondes answers these questions by focusing on manic-depressive illness - a common and dramatic mood disorder characterized by wild swings from the most euphoric of highs to the darkest of lows. Because this disease tends to run in families, it has long been suspected that specific genes may be responsible. As Barondes and his colleagues try to find these mood genes, they hope to develop an entirely new way of understanding manic-depression.
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