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Postpartum depression : a research guide and international bibliography / Laurence Kruckman, Chris Asmann-Finch.

By: Kruckman, Laurence, 1943-.
Contributor(s): Asmann-Finch, Chris.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Garland reference library of social science: v. 335.Publisher: New York : Garland Pub., 1986Description: xxxiv, 162 p. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 0824091213 (alk. paper); 9780824091217 (alk. paper).Subject(s): Postpartum psychiatric disorders -- Abstracts | Postpartum psychiatric disorders -- BibliographyDDC classification: 016.61685/27 Other classification: 44.91
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Book University of Texas At Tyler
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RG850 .K78 1986 (Browse shelf) Available 0000000656470

Includes indexes.

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Postpartum depression, commonly called baby blues or postpartum blues, is an affliction that is often transitory but that sometimes may last several months. Observed in classical Greece by Hippocrates, it today affects from 3 to 20 percent of all new mothers. Kruckman and Asmann-Finch report that some cases can persist as long as a year. The condition has given rise to a considerable literature both scientific and popular. This bibliography contains 663 entries from publications throughout the world. It lists monographs, periodicals, and dissertations, and has ``selected annotations of the most recent and widely quoted articles from various disciplines.'' The entries are accurate and range from the 19th century to 1985. A plain narrative summary of the annotated articles would have been more useful than the rather complicated format the authors chose. Publications that deal with all aspects of postpartum depression are listed, including biological, psychological, hormonal, and anthropological issues. An unusual attribute of this bibliography is its two indexes; one for subjects, the other geographical and cultural, so that a researcher, for example, can look up the incidence of postpartum depression in Nepal. A clear introduction outlines the history and extent of the problem and summarizes symptoms and treatments. Recommended for medical, psychiatric, and social work libraries.-N. Kupferberg, Brooklyn College, CUNY

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