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Brave New Brain is a travel guide to the future. Scientists are presently mapping both the terrain of the brain brafe the geography of the genome. Psychiatry has joined them on a quest to conquer mental illnesses–those illnesses that strike the most neww part of our bodies, our brains and minds. Brave New Brain is designed as a resource book for following this voyage of discovery.

It explains the nature of mental illness and genome and brain mapping, using clear simple language, interesting case histories, and extensive illustrations.

Nancy Andreasen, rbain leading neuroscientist who is also Editor-in-Chief of the prestigious American Journal of Psychiatry as well as the winner of the illustrious National Medal of Science, offers here a state-of-the-art look at what we know about the human brain and the human genome–and shows how these two vast branches of knowledge are coming together in a boldly ambitious effort to conquer mental illness.

Brave New Brain

Scientists today know more about the brain than ever before, thanks to new imaging techniques and to discoveries in neuroscience and molecular biology. Andreasen gives us an engaging and readable description of how it all works, from the billions of neurons to the tiny thalamus to the moral monitor in our prefrontal cortex.

She also shows the progress made in mapping the human genome, whose 30, to 40, genes are almost all active in the brain. In perhaps the most fascinating section of the book, we read gripping stories of the people who develop mental illness, the friends and relatives who share their suffering, the physicians who treat them, and the scientists who study them so that better treatments can be found.


This section covers four major disorders–schizophrenia, manic depression, anxiety disorders, and dementia–revealing what causes them, what happens to the mind and brain, and how the illnesses are treated. Finally, the book shows how the powerful tools of genetics and neuroscience will be combined during the next decades to build healthier brains and minds.

Andreasen’s bestselling The Broken Brain broke new ground in the public understanding of mental illness. Now, by revealing how combining genome mapping with brain mapping can unlock the mysteries of mental illness, she again offers general readers a remarkably fresh perspective on these devastating diseases–their nature, treatment, and possible future prevention.

Confronting the Burden of Mental Illness 2. Mental Illness and Ordinary People 3. Broken Brains, Troubled Minds: The Mind’s Dynamic Orchestra 5. Blueprint of Lifeand Death 6. Understanding What Mental Illnesses Are: The Past Is Prologue to Progress 8.

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

A Mind Divided 9. Riding the Emotional Roller Coaster A Death in Life Brave New Brain Conquering Mental Illness in the Era of the Genome. Her previous book for general readers, Ahdreasen Broken Brainwas the first to describe the importance of neurobiology to understanding mental illness.

She lives in Iowa City and Santa Fe. Andreasen has written a truly outstanding book. Brave New Brain informs, provokes thought, conveys the excitement of science, indicates why science matters, and considers both the achievements with respect to clinical application and the difficulties involved. In Brave New Brain she succeeds at a daunting task, to walk the brai reader through most of what is known today about the biology of mind.


Brave New Brain – Hardcover – Nancy C. Andreasen – Oxford University Press

For anyone curious about the puzzles of disordered thought, mood, and behavior, this book is the right place to begin. It is clear, extremely informative and conveys the excitement of biological psychiatry andreeasen has been energized by the genome and imaging. I think Nancy Andreasen’s book is the best so far on this subject. Her quotes are memorable.

This is a serious book but almost makes for compulsive reading. From genome mapping to brain scanning, a whole new world is opening up with profound implications for both medicine and philosophy. It is sufficiently probing, original and well documented that it will be a valuable resource to professional scientists and psychiatrists.

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Andreasen’s gifts as a writer she has a doctorate in English literature result in an immensely accessible volume This may be the finest book of this type I have ever encountered. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Academic Skip to main content.

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