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Medical Management of Eating Disorders: A Practical Handbook for Healthcare Professionals

Medical Management of Eating Disorders: A Practical Handbook for Healthcare Professionals

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By (author) C.Laird Birmingham, By (author) Pierre J.V. Beumont, Contributions by Richard Crawford, Contributions by Deborah Hodgson, Contributions by Michael Kohn, Contributions by Peta Marks, Contributions by James Mitchell, Contributions by Sue Paxton, Contributions by Jorge Pinzon, Contributions by Ingrid Tyler

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  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Format: Online resource
  • Publication date: 18 December 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0511543468
  • ISBN 13: 9780511543463
  • Illustrations note: 10 b/w illus. 11 colour illus.

Product description

This is a practical guide to the medical complications and treatment of anorexia nervosa and related eating disorders. A user-friendly structure allows the reader to access information on the basis of physical complaint (e.g. chest pain) or body system (e.g. neurological or respiratory). Practical guidance is provided on history taking, physical, and laboratory examination, and looking after special categories of patients such as prepubertal, males, adolescents, and during pregnancy. The principles and practice of treatment are fully covered including medical and nutritional therapies. Psychiatric and psychological issues are also addressed and provide details of specific psychological therapies. The text is supplemented with diagnostic colour photographs of important physical manifestations of eating disorders. Although the text is suitable for all health care professionals looking after these patients, special information is provided for general practitioners, nursing staff and family carers and including the patients themselves.

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'The strength of this book is that it combines expertise of medicine and psychiatry to produce a practical guide to the medical complications and management of AN and related disorders. This book can serve as a reference textbook and partly as a manual for consultation. All in all, the authors have succeeded in producing a highly practical and comprehensive guide to the medical complications and management of AN and related disorders. Hong Kong Medical Journal 'A major strength is the quality and breadth of the information provided ... scores highly on user-friendliness ... clearly written with the reader in mind ... valuable reading to all staff new to the field of eating disorders, to the medical and nursing staff of my in-patient eating disorder unit, to interested general practitioners and practice nurses, to paediatric services, to dieticians, to keen medical students and to some patients and parents.' Psychological Medicine 'This is very much a book for a range of professionals who need an accessible and ready source of information regarding the medical complications of the eating disorders, at their fingertips. It is also a useful introductory text ... I found this book accessible and easy to use for answering quick medical queries or concerns (as I had hoped!). The use of case examples was valuable in bringing clinical material to life. ... This book has achieved its author's goals of being both a reference textbook and a manual for consultation.' European Eating Disorders Review

Table of contents

Part I. The Medical Perspective: 1. Definitions and epidemiology; 2. The behavioural disorders; 3. History, examination and investigations; 4. Medical manifestations by system; 5. The clinician's response to common physical complaints; Part II. Treatment: 6. Principles of treatment; 7. Medical and nutritional therapy; Part III. Special Issues: 8. Specific patient populations; 9. Prepubertal child and the younger adolescent; Part IV. The Psychiatric and Psychological Perspective: 10. Physical disease and mental illness: pathology and psychopathology; 11. Psychopathology and the mental status examination; 12. Psychopathology and phenomenology; 13. Specific psychological therapies; Part V. Areas of Special Interest: 14. The role of the general practitioner; 15. Nursing patients with anorexia nervosa; 16. The role of the dietitian; 17. Information for family and friends; Bibliography; Index.