The Postmortem Brain in Psychiatric Research

  • Galila Agam
  • Ian Paul Everall
  • R. H. Belmaker

Part of the Neurobiological Foundation of Aberrant Behaviors book series (NFAB, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. E. Fuller Torrey, Michael B. Knable
      Pages 1-2
  3. Methodology and General Findings

  4. Schizophrenia

  5. Affective Disorders

  6. Concluding Remarks

    1. Daniel R. Weinberger
      Pages 395-402
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 403-404

About this book


Because of the dearth of experimental animal models of psychiatric disorders, the study of the effect of the disease state is only possible in tissue derived from patients vs. controls, especially in the target tissue of disease-related changes in the brain. The human postmortem brain offers the most appropriate experimental paradigm towards understanding the etiology of psychiatric disorders. The availability of post-mortem human samples from psychiatric patients and comparison groups in recent years has contributed prominently to the accumulating body of information leading to a better understanding of these disorders.
This is the first book to summarize this research approach and the meaningful data which has recently been acquired.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Galila Agam
    • 1
  • Ian Paul Everall
    • 2
  • R. H. Belmaker
    • 1
  1. 1.Stanley Foundation International Research Center and Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Faculty of Health SciencesBen-Gurion University of the NegevBeershevaIsrael
  2. 2.Departments of Neuropathology and Psychological MedicineInstitute of PsychiatryLondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-4921-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4757-3631-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2625
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