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The evolutionary epidemiology of mania and depression; a theoretical and empirical interpretation of mood disorders.

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The evolutionary epidemiology of mania and depression; a theoretical and empirical interpretation of mood disorders.

Wilson, Daniel R. and Gerald A. Cory.

Edwin Mellen Pr.

2007

396 pages

$129.95

Hardcover

RC516

Drawing from Darwin's hypothetico-deductive methods and also calling upon him for theory, Wilson (psychiatry, Creighton U.) and Cory (political science, San Hose State U.) trace the trajectory of bipolar disorders by applying neuroscience to social science. They begin by determining what is "normal" and healthy, describing the evolution of human sociality, its normal limits, and the discernment of psychopathology beyond that "normal" state. They describe the evolutionary legacy of neuropsychiatric epidemiology, analyzing the classical genetics of mania and depression, its population and quantitative genetics, molecular genetics, its parallels with other evolutionary epidemiologies such as sickle cell anemia, the incidence of an excess of bipolar disorder evidence, and the use of such interdisciplinary methods as evolutionary anthropology, game theory, sociobiology, neurotransmission of social rank and alliance, and the neuropathologies of talent.

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