Thorough and by a well informed and creative, experienced and sensitive clinician. I prefer reading her novels, but this textbook is written with that honest (and knowledgable) curiosity that puts it way up above any standard psychiatry text books.
This is an invaluable resource for anyone with Bipolar Disorder (Manic-Depressive Illness) or anyone who loves them. Though targeted at medical professionals, most of the information presented is well within the grasp of an intelligent and motivated layperson. I'm not a doctor of any sort, but I *do* have Bipolar Disorder, and take an active interest and role in my own health-care... this is a terrific book, and it summarizes what is known about the causes, treatment, and management of this disorder as of about 1990. (Hopefully, there will be an update soon!)
I bought and used this text for years before I came across Kay Jamison's autobiography, and found it to be outstandingly kind, compassionate, empathic, and understanding of its subjects in a way not seen in our field since the best writing of Freud. Having learned of Dr. Jamison's personal journey through manic depressive illness, I can more readily understand how this textbook came to be so inspired and inspiring. An excellent text for students, to teach compassion as well as science; perhaps quite technical for many sufferers and their family members, but worth the effort for those who want the very best in information about manic depression. -Phil Torrance MD (Diplomate in Psychiatry)
The book is completely authoritative about the theme of Manic-Depressive Illness (nowadays euphemistically called Bipolar Disorder) and reflects a huge effort of Doctors Frederick Goodwin and Kay R. Jamison in advancing on the understanding, study and organisations of dispersed data, and more.
Now, after more than 15 years from its first edition, this work shows some aging in various areas like statistical data, pharmacology and new treatment solutions, psychotherapeutic additions, among many other aspects. A new revised and amplified edition would be great and I'll be looking after it. Then, I'm sure I'll give 6 out of 5 stars to the book.
A must buy for clinicians, patients and their families.
Although some data is not simple to understand for the non-specialists (like me) I found the book quiet readable and accessible and it provided important information and knowledge about this disease.
Goodwin and Jamison go far beyond any other authors in compiling information regarding manic depressive illness. From etiology, treatment, genetics, psychosocial factors and case studies, Manic Depressive Illness is a resource that every clinician treating bipolar disorder must have.I am in great anticipation of the 2nd edition!