This book is unique in bringing together information on fear and anxiety disorders from many disciplines, including ethology, genetics, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, psychology, and psychiatry. Definitive as a reference work, it is also fascinating to read. With over 3000 entries in the bibliography, the book is extremely thorough both in presenting the scientific basis for understanding fear behaviour and in describing anxiety disorders and their treatment. Dealing first with normal fear and then with clinical syndromes, it describes the phenomena and the factors known to influence them. It synthesizes naturalistic and experimental work in animals and humans so that researchers and clinicians can understand each other's work. The book
will be of special use to behavioural scientists, clinical psychologists and psychiatrists, and of interest to many others.
Readership: Clinical psychologists; psychiatrists; behavioural scientists.
Isaac Marks, Professor of Experimental Psychopathology, Institute of Psychiatry, University of London
"'Will give new life to the study of the psychopathological processes. Whatever the shortcomings in the principles, he relates the techniques to a psychopathology elaborated from detailed experimental findings. He must be praised too for the efforts he has made in the face of formidable difficulties to evaluate the results of the various forms of behavioural treatment.' British Medical Journal"
"'A major scientific treatise on all aspects of fear, both normal and pathological, and is distinguished by its clarity, careful analysis of difficult material, and judicious evaluation of experimental evidence...magnificent book which...will almost certainly remain the standard work on the subject at least until the next revision. Psychiatrists, psychologists and ethologists will all find much to interest and even fascinate them.' The British Journal of Psychiatry"