by Anthony Stevens, written in collaboration with John Price
Published in hardback and paperback by Routledge, London: first edition 
(1996); second edition (2000), Routledge Mental Health Classic Edition (2016)
Publishers Description
Evolutionary Psychiatry challenges a medical model which has supplied few effective answers to long-standing conundrums. A comprehensive introduction to the new science of Darwinian Psychiatry, this second edition includes important fresh material on a number of disorders, along with an entirely new chapter on research. 

Anthony Stevens and John Price argue that psychiatric symptoms are manifestations of ancient adaptive strategies which are no longer necessarily appropriate but which can best be understood and treated in an evolutionary and developmental context. Particularly important are the theories Stevens and Price propose to account for the worldwide existence of mood disorders and schizophrenia, as well as offering solutions for such puzzles as paedophilia, sado-masochism and the function of dreams. Readily accessible to both the specialist and non-specialist reader, 'Evolutionary Psychiatry' describes in detail the disorders and conditions commonly encountered in psychiatric practice and shows how evolutionary theory can account for their biological origins and functional nature.

"When the first edition of this book appeared, I rated it among the top 25 books of the decade. An evolutionary perspective, not yet a dominant theme in orthodox psychiatry, has the potential to integrate physiology, psychology, psychoanalysis and psychopathology. In the revised edition of this highly original book, the authors further document how such a perspective can enrich the clinician's approach to mental disorders. I highly recommend it as first reading to those uninitiated in evolutionary psychology and psychiatry."
Hagop S. Akiskal, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Director of International Mood Center, University of California at San Diego, and Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Affective Disorders.


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