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Psychiatric Neuroethics
Studies in Research and Practice
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Advances in psychiatric research and clinical psychiatry in the last 30 years have given rise to a host of new questions that lie at the intersection of psychiatry, neuroscience, philosophy and law. Such questions include:

-Are psychiatric disorders diseases of the brain, caused by dysfunctional neural circuits and neurotransmitters?
-What role do genes, neuro-endocrine, neuro-immune interactions and the environment play in the development of these disorders?
-How do different explanations of the etiology and pathophysiology of mental illness influence diagnosis, prognosis and decisions about treatment?
-Would it be rational for a person with a chronic treatment-resistant disorder to request euthanasia or assisted suicide to end their suffering?
-Could psychiatric disorders be predicted and prevented?

Psychiatric Neuroethics explores these questions in a comprehensive and systematic way, discussing the medical and philosophical implications of neuroscience and the Research Domain Criteria (RDoc) in the fields of psychiatry and mental health. It examines the extent to which circuit-based criteria can offer a satisfactory explanation of psychiatric disorders and how they compare with the symptom-based criteria of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSMV).

This book will be of interest to a multidisciplinary audience, including psychiatrists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, philosophers, psychologists and legal theorists.


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ISBN-13: 9780198758853
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP Oxford)
Publication date: December, 2018
Pages: 320
Weight: 571g
Availability: Not yet published
Subcategories: Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Psychology
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This book is extraordinary as it addresses long-overdue ethical issues that are specific to psychiatry, including its model of the mind-brain relation and ethical issues such as euthanasia. Walter Glannon, one of the leading experts in the philosophy of psychiatry, delivers an outstanding book which will, I am sure, become standard reading in the field and beyond. As the big pharma have withdrawn from investing in the development of psychopharmaceuticals, the therapeutic void needs to be filled, and one of the ways to do so is by non-invasive and invasive neuromodulation. Walter Glannon bravely takes the lead in addressing and providing ethical guidance in how to embrace the new technology in real world settings. A must read and highly needed work for everybody who is interested or involved in the treatment of psychiatric brain disorders. 'Walter Glannon combines a philosophical sensibility with an appreciation of psychiatry as a psycho-biological science of the brain as well as the mind. With precision Glannon adroitly teases out ethical conflicts, treating a range of psychiatric interventions such as psychosurgery, neuro-modulation, control of psychopathic behavior and rationales for assisted suicide for psychiatric and neuro-degenerative conditions. His critical analysis is an original contribution to psychiatry and neuroethics. Walter Glannons Psychiatric Neuroethics provides keen insights into the intersecting domains of brain science, mental health practice, philosophy, ethics, and law. In addressing longstanding philosophical questions about the nature of the mind, self, and psychiatry as a discipline, Glannon presents a detailed examination of the ways in which ongoing neuroscientific research has been used, or in some cases misused, in the understanding, classification, diagnosis, and care of mental illness. This book affords a prudent perspective on neuroethical issues, questions, and possible solutions that are important in guiding applications of brain science in the clinical practices of the field-in- evolution that is psychiatry.