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The second edition of this international, academic work on the interdisciplinary field of stress updates the first edition post-9/11. Incorporating recent scientific knowledge, e.g., about brain physiology and neuroendocrine factors, it offers over 140 new articles including "Suicide Bombers" and "Hurricane Katrina Disaster" (with a focus on the stress effects). Experts' articles provide a broad balance across the biological versus social and behavioral sciences. Many earlier articles are expanded, e.g., several on posttraumatic stress disorder. Each article is dated 2007 (e.g., "School Violence and Bullying"), or has an indication of revision or reprint status. Renowned experts' earlier articles are sometimes left in their original form, including B. A. Van der Kolk's "Trauma and Memory." Useful features start most articles: key concepts and brief glossaries of key terms. An alphabetical dilemma was solved by covering the effects of the 2001 attacks on the US World Trade Center under "Religion and Stress, 9/11." Those attacks and bombings in London and Spain mark a new era in an expanding domain of collective and personal psychology. Librarians supporting university-level health, behavioral sciences, or social work programs would do well to promote this fascinating, comprehensive work to students and faculty. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers. M. K. Hartung Florida Gulf Coast University
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