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Brave New Brain: Conquering Mental Illness in the Era of the Genome

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 17 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1192
  1. Sean A Spence, senior clinical lecturer in psychiatry
  1. University of Sheffield

    Nancy C Andreasen

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    Oxford University Press, £19.99, pp 368

    ISBN 0 19 514509 7

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    In 1984 Professor Andreasen published a book called The Broken Brain: The Biological Revolution in Psychiatry. This influenced many latter day psychiatrists (myself included). Now Andreasen has produced a work in which she attempts to assay the field of contemporary psychiatric research, as psychiatry enters the 21st century, sandwiched between two major technological developments: the sequencing of the human genome and the use of neuroimaging to examine the structure and function of the living brain.

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