Books for review

Ian Pitchford ian.pitchford at scientist.com
Wed Feb 27 14:52:13 EST 2002


'The Human Nature Review' publishes excellent book reviews (see
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eighty titles under review by distinguished individuals on five continents.
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We would be pleased to hear from any suitably qualified individual interested
in reviewing one or more of the titles below. In your reply please include
your postal address and a list of titles in order of preference.

Psychiatric Illness in Women: Emerging Treatments and Research
Edited by Freda Lewis-Hall, M.D., Jill A. Panetta, Ph.D., Teresa S. Williams,
B.Sc., and John M. Herrera, Ph.D.
Hardcover (April 2002)
Amer Psychiatric Pr; ISBN: 1585620033
AMAZON - US
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1585620033/darwinanddarwini/

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Cutting-Edge Medicine: What Psychiatrists Need to Know (Review of Psychiatry
Volume 21)
Edited by Nada L. Stotland, M.D., M.P.H.
Paperback (April 2002)
Amer Psychiatric Pr; ISBN: 1585620726
AMAZON - US
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1585620726/darwinanddarwini/

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The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine
by James Le Fanu
Hardcover - 512 pages (July 2000)
Carroll & Graf; ISBN: 0786707321
AMAZON - UK
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0786707321/darwinanddarwini/
AMAZON - US
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0349112800/humannaturecom/

English physician and Daily Telegraph columnist Le Fanu writes a thoughtful
history of the only 20th-century revolution that turned out brilliantly.During
the century before 1940, people grew healthier and lived longer through
improved hygiene, housing, and nutrition. Once they got sick, however, doctors
weren't that much help: except for a few treatments (such as thyroid hormone,
insulin, and vitamins) a patient got better pretty much on his own--or he
didn't. WWII marked the beginning of a torrent of miraculous advances. To label
these miracles is no hype.

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Mad Travellers
Reflections on the Reality of Transient Mental Ilnesses
by Ian Hacking
Hardcover - 174 pages (December 1998)
Univ Pr of Virginia; ISBN: 0813918235
AMAZON - US
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0813918235/darwinanddarwini/
AMAZON - UK
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0813918235/humannaturecom/

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Evolutionary Psychology and Motivation
Daniel W. Leger (Editor), Alan C. Kamil (Editor), Jeffrey A. French (Editor)
Hardcover - 256 pages (December 2001)
University of Nebraska Press; ISBN: 0803229267 http://unp.unl.edu/
AMAZON - US
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0803229267/darwinanddarwini/
AMAZON - UK
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0803229267/humannaturecom/

Recent media coverage of the controversial theory of sexual violence as a
product of biological evolution has once again brought the question of the
origins of human motivation into the public eye. In this volume, leading
scholars in behavioral studies examine the value of evolutionary perspectives
in understanding psychological motivations. Beginning with the fundamental fact
that humans are part of the biological world, evolutionary psychologists
contend that human motivations and mental processes should be understood as
by-products of natural selection. By viewing human psychology-both normal and
abnormal-within this framework, evolutionary psychologists intend to bridge the
disciplinary divide between traditional psychology and fields such as biology.
Daniel W. Leger is a professor of psychology and Alan C. Kamil is a professor
of biology at the University of NebraskaÐLincoln. Jeffrey A. French is Kayser
Professor of Psychology and Biology at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

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Agency, Motivation, and the Life Course
Edited by Lisa J. Crockett
Nebraska Symposium on Motivation series  ISBN 0-8032-1519
AMAZON - US
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0803215193/darwinanddarwini/
AMAZON - UK
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0803215193/humannaturecom/

In what ways do individuals influence the course of their lives? How do people
construct a unique life path within the opportunities and constraints afforded
by their world? This volume examines how agency in the life course can be
conceptualized and investigates the specific ways in which personal
characteristics and contextual variables play a role in shaping individual
lives. The contributors offer differing perspectives on agency, how its
expression changes over a lifetime, and how it is constrained, channeled, or
altered by cultural and social institutions. Each chapter focuses on one aspect
of individual agency that can have a cumulative influence on an individual's
life. Following an overview of the subject by Lisa J. Crockett, Jochen
Brandtstädter and Klaus Rothermund provide a life-span model of agency focused
on "intentional self-development" and goal accommodation. Ellen Skinner and
Kathleen Edge discuss the development of coping, a potential underpinning of
agency. In a concluding essay, Michael J. Shanahan and Glen H. Elder Jr.
examine agency within a life-course framework, showing that the impact of
individual agency on people's lives depends on the opportunities and
constraints present during a particular historical era. Lisa J. Crockett is a
professor of psychology at the University of Nebraska. She is the coeditor of
Negotiating Adolescence in Times of Social Change and Pathways through
Adolescence: Individual Development in Relation to Social Contexts.

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Are We Hardwired? : The Role of Genes in Human Behavior
by William R. Clark, Michael Grunstein
Hardcover - 384 pages (October 2000)
Oxford Univ Pr (Trade); ISBN: 0195138260
AMAZON - US
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0195138260/darwinanddarwini/
AMAZON - UK
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0195138260/humannaturcom/

The notion that our chromosomes might dictate some of our behavior makes DNA a
four-letter word to strict nurturists. Yet there is strong evidence that genes
do exert an influence over some part of nearly of our personalities.
Immunologist William R. Clark and biochemist Michael Grunstein tackle this
sticky issue in Are We Hardwired? The Role of Genes in Human Behavior, an
evenhanded explanation and critique of current thinking on the topic. Exploring
twin and family studies, biochemical research into the nervous systems of
humans and less complex animals, and specific qualities like aggression,
eating, and sexual preference, the authors show that as with most other
phenotypic expression, genes interact with each other and with environmental
factors to produce tendencies toward behavior.

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The New Psychometrics
Science, Psychology and Measurement
by Paul Kline
Paperback - 240 pages (April 27, 2000)
Routledge; ISBN: 0415228212
AMAZON - US
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0415228212/darwinanddarwini/
AMAZON - UK
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0415228212/humannaturecom/

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Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life (Library of
Contemporary Thought)
by Stephen Jay Gould
Hardcover - 241 pages (March 1999)
Ballantine Books (Trd); ISBN: 0345430093
AMAZON - US
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0345430093/darwinanddarwini/

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The Darwinian Revolution
Science Red in Tooth and Claw
by Michael Ruse
Paperback - 352 pages 2nd edition (September 1999)
University of Chicago Press; ISBN: 0226731693
AMAZON - US
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0226731693/darwinanddarwini/
AMAZON - UK
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0226731693/humannaturecom/

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