Synopses & Reviews
Psychiatrist Burke’s turgidly written study is a repetitious clinically dispassionate and deeply academic work. Drawing on Heidegger’s notion of mood as being “situated in the world” Burke then defines mood for his purposes: “Mood is what makes things matter and each of us remains tuned to the world in our own special way. Our tuning is our mood; and our mood makes things matter by revealing and differentially disposing us to the possibilities presented.” He proceeds to examine mood and its development the interaction between genes and environment in said development and the variety of clinical disorders that arise out of a person’s being “out of tune”—anxiety disorders depression bipolar disorder disruptive behavior disorders. Because each individual is uniquely tuned mood disorders cannot be treated with a one diagnosis fits all approach. Rather Burke strongly advocates an approach that focuses on the individual and not the disorder. His emphasis on the individual and not the malady sets his approach apart from standard attitudes toward mood disorders but the book’s jargon filled prose and its professional tone guarantee that his study will not reach far beyond the walls of the clinic. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
About the Author
Patrick M. Burke, MB, BCH, PhD (Tucson, AZ), is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Arizona. His previous positions include child and adolescent psychiatrist at La Frontera, Inc. and the Tucson Medical Center, medical director of Pantano Behavioral Health, chief of child and adolescent psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona, and clinical and academic positions at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, Seattle Children's Hospital, and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Washington. He has published book chapters and many scientific articles in medical publications.