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The Human Illnesses

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The genetic correlates of neuropsychiatric disorders are now known, but none have come close to explaining the great variety of human psychiatric illnesses. This volume, written by a neuropsychiatrist and an evolutionary biologist, offers a new paradigm for understanding these disorders. Proposing that neuronal pathways which underlie neuropsychiatric conditions mirror uni ...more
Hardcover, 244 pages
Published January 14th 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Daniel Williams
First was only 171 pages; p 172-244 were references. What a lesson for my students! More seriously, I read this book because of its premise: that some neurological disorders, such as autism, schizophrenia, frontotemporal dementia, for example, are uniquely human due to something uniquely human about the brain. Some evidence of this idea, locations and cell types for example, were summarized in the last two chapters. But getting there was a burden, and even those last two chapters were tough to r ...more
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