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Author Shorter, Edward.

Title Endocrine psychiatry : solving the riddle of melancholia / Edward Shorter, Max Fink
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 193 pages)
Contents Early days -- Cortisol -- Barney Carroll and Ed Sachar -- The DST in use -- Trouble -- "The most exciting development in the endocrine study of depression" -- The fall of endocrine psychiatry
Summary The riddle of melancholia has stumped generations of doctors. It is a serious depressive illness that often leads to suicide and premature death. The disease's link to biology has been intensively studied. Unlike almost any other psychiatric disorder, melancholia sufferers have abnormal endocrine functions. Tests capable of separating melancholia from other mood disorders were useful discoveries, but these tests fell into disuse as psychiatrists lost interest in biology and medicine. In the nineteenth century, theories about the role of endocrine organs encouraged endocrine treatments that loo
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Depression, Mental -- Endocrine aspects -- Research -- History.
Depressive Disorder -- history.
Depressive Disorder -- complications.
Endocrine System Diseases -- complications.
History, 19th Century.
History, 20th Century.
History, 21st Century.
Neuroendocrinology -- history.
Psychophysiology -- history.
Form Electronic book
Author Fink, Max, 1923-
ISBN 0199737460 (alk. paper)
0199745544 (electronic bk.)
9780199737468 (alk. paper)
9780199745548 (electronic bk.)