Psychiatric Epidemiology : Searching for the Causes of Mental Disorders

Psychiatric Epidemiology : Searching for the Causes of Mental Disorders

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Searching for the causes of mental disorders is as exciting as it it complex. The relationship between pathophysiology and its overt manifestations is exceedingly intricate, and often the causes of a disorder are elusive at best. This book is an invaluable resource for anyone trying to track these causes, whether they be clinical researchers, public health practitioners, or psychiatric epidemiologists-in-training. Uniting theory and practice in very clear language, it makes a wonderful contribution to both epidemiologic and psychiatric research. Rather than attempting to review the descriptive epidemiology of mental disorders, this book gives much more dynamic exposition of the thinking and techniques used to establish it. Starting out by tracing the brief history of psychiatric epidemiology, the book describes the study of risk factors as causes of mental disorders. Subsequent sections discuss approaches to investigation of biologic, genetic, or social causes and the statistical analysis of study results. The book concludes by following some of the problems involved in the search for genetic causes of mental disorders, and more complex casual relationships.Table 18.3 Concurrent Selection of Controls for First and Last Case in the PDSE Cohort Date NCases Noncases under Noncases Selection ... Second, we conduct a valid mini-case-control study for each time interval in which a case occurred.

Title:Psychiatric Epidemiology : Searching for the Causes of Mental Disorders
Author: Department of Epidemiology Ezra Susser M.D. Gelman Professor and Chair, Mailman School of Public Health Columbia University and Professor of Psychiatry New York State Psychiatric Institute, Mailman School of Public Health Columbia University Sharon Schwartz M.D. Department of Epidemiology, Geneva Alfredo Morabia M.D. Medecin-Chef de Service Service d'Epidemiologie clinique, Evelyn J. Bromet M.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Preventive Medicine SUNY Stony Brook
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 2006-05-19

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