Psychiatry, Biological

  • Herbert Pardes
Part of the Readings from the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience book series (REN)


Biological psychiatry covers an extensive and rapidly changing area. Limited in the 1950s and early 1960s largely to psychopharmacology, some attempts at diagnosis, and early broad-brush attempts at explicating etiology (most notably through genetics), the advance of biological psychiatry grew steadily in the succeeding fifteen years, and today it is flush with excitement. What follows are some major trends and investigative lines.

Further reading

  1. Buschsbaum MS, Haier RJ (1983): Psychopathology: Biological approaches. Annu Rev Psychol 34: 410–430Google Scholar
  2. Coyle JT, Price DL, Delong MR (1983): Alzheimer’s disease: A disorder of critical cholinergic innervation. Science 219: 1184–1190CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Goldin ER, Gershon EJ (1983): Association and lineage studies of genetic marker loci in major psychiatric disorders. Psychiatr Dev 1: 387–418Google Scholar
  4. Kandel ER (1979): Psychotherapy and the single synapse: The impact on psychiatric thought on neurobiological research. N Engl J Med 301: 1028–1037CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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