The Other Side of Normal by Jordan Smoller

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An informative overview of research in neuroscience that provides a scientific foundation for understanding mental disorders.
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In this enthralling work of popular science, respected Harvard psychiatrist Jordan Smoller addresses one of humankind’s most enduring and perplexing questions: What does it mean to be “normal?” In The Other Side of Normal, Smoller explores the biological component of normalcy, revealing the hidden side of our everyday behaviors—why we love what we love and fear what we fear. Other bestselling works of neurobiology and the mind have focused on mental illness and abnormal behaviors—like the Oliver Sacks classic, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat—but The Other Side of Normal is an eye-opening, thought-provoking, utterly fascinating and totally accessible exploration of the universals of human experience. It will change forever our understanding of who we are and what makes us that way.
 

About Jordan Smoller

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Jordan Smoller, MD, ScD, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts.
 
Published May 8, 2012 by William Morrow. 643 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Apr 01 2012

An informative overview of research in neuroscience that provides a scientific foundation for understanding mental disorders.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Zack Kopp on Jun 17 2012

The book combines extensive research...to give readers a well based account of our brain’s intended function, and the way in which disorders stem from the misapplication of these intended channels of activity.

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Long Island Pulse

Excellent
Reviewed by Terri Schlichenmeyer on May 07 2012

I liked how he explains psychiatric classifications and their overall relevance to and incompatibility with biologically-based actions.I was astounded by the number of studies he uncovered...

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