EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHIATRY
A New Beginning

ANTHONY STEVENS and JOHN PRICE
344pp 3 ILLUS 2015 LIST PRICE: £36.99 (P) Y044

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A comprehensive introduction to the science of Darwinian Psychiatry that defines the basic components of human behaviour and its disorders in terms of evolutionary biology. The authors argue that psychiatric symptoms are manifestations of ancient adaptive strategies which are no longer necessarily appropriate. Particularly important are the theories they propose to account for the worldwide existence of mental disorders and schizophrenia, particularly those relating to social ranking, as well as solutions for such puzzles as paedophilia, sadomasochism and the function of dreams.

I suspect that the authors’ claim that ‘psychiatry is entering the most exciting phase in its history’ may prove correct. NEW SCIENTIST