PSYCHIATRY: A NEW BEGINNING (1996)
Stevens, written in collaboration with John Price
hardback and paperback by Routledge, London: first edition
(1996); second edition (2000), Routledge Mental Health Classic Edition (2016)
Psychiatry challenges a medical model which has supplied few effective
answers to long-standing conundrums. A comprehensive introduction to the
new science of Darwinian Psychiatry, this second edition includes
important fresh material on a number of disorders, along with an entirely
new chapter on research.
Anthony Stevens and John Price argue that psychiatric symptoms are
manifestations of ancient adaptive strategies which are no longer
necessarily appropriate but which can best be understood and treated in an
evolutionary and developmental context. Particularly important are the
theories Stevens and Price propose to account for the worldwide existence
of mood disorders and schizophrenia, as well as offering solutions for
such puzzles as paedophilia, sado-masochism and the function of dreams.
Readily accessible to both the specialist and non-specialist reader,
'Evolutionary Psychiatry' describes in detail the disorders and conditions
commonly encountered in psychiatric practice and shows how evolutionary
theory can account for their biological origins and functional nature.
"When the first edition of this book appeared, I rated it among the
top 25 books of the decade. An evolutionary perspective, not yet a
dominant theme in orthodox psychiatry, has the potential to integrate
physiology, psychology, psychoanalysis and psychopathology. In the
revised edition of this highly original book, the authors further document
how such a perspective can enrich the clinician's approach to mental
disorders. I highly recommend it as first reading to those uninitiated in
evolutionary psychology and psychiatry."
Hagop S. Akiskal, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Director of
International Mood Center, University of California at San Diego, and
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Affective Disorders.
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