Theory and Practice of Psychiatry

Theory and Practice of Psychiatry

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Based on years of teaching psychiatry to medical students and residents, this single-authored textbook offers a conversational yet detailed guide to modern psychiatric theory and practice. Exploring various approaches to psychiatric disorders, including neurobiology, dimensional personality assessment, behavioural science, and psychodynamic and cognitive theories, it lucidly illustrates each approach's strengths and weaknesses and suggests how clinicians can interweave them in working with patients. Using clinical vignettes and recent research findings to illustrate the connections between phenomenology, pathophysiology, and treatment, it covers all of the major psychiatric disorders and includes tables listing their DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria. The book offers balanced coverage of subjects that receive scant attention in other introductory textbooks, including the limitations of the DSM-IV categorical approach to psychiatric diagnosis, controversies surrounding the dissociative disorders and 'recovered memories,' and the prescription of stimulant medications to children with suspected attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.Later chapters provide practical guidelines for estimating a patient's risk of suicide and violence and for assessing competence to consent to medical or psychiatric treatment. In eschewing a dry recitation of clinical syndromes for an engaging discussion aimed at teaching the reader how to 'think psychiatrically,' the book will appeal to medical students, psychiatric residents, mental health clinicians, and primary care more

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  • Hardback | 558 pages
  • 175.3 x 251.5 x 35.6mm | 1,156.67g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 28 line illustrations
  • 0195149378
  • 9780195149371

Table of contents

1. Mental life and its assessment; 2. The psychiatric evaluation; 3. Psychiatric formulation from multiple perspectives; 4. Clinical neurobiology from multiple perspective; 5. Delirium; 6. Dementia; 7. Mood disorders; 8. Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders; 9. Anxiety disorders; 10. Personality disorders; 11. Eating disorders; 12. Substance-related disorders; 13. Somatoform disorders; 14. Dissociative disorders; 15. Sexual and gender identity disorders; 16. Suicide; 17. Violence; 18. Psychotherapy; 19. Childhood disorders; 20. Forensic psychiatryshow more

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It blends theoretical musings with good practical approaches and a great deal of solid information. The book provides a thoughtful, topical overview of a constantly evolving and often misunderstood medical field of endeavor. Journal of the American Medical Association ... a remarkable achievement. Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of this work is that it is a single-authored comprehensive textbook of general psychiatry. Dr. Cohen, an award-winning teacher ... notes that he aimed "to maintain a conversational tone throughout." He has succeeded, so much so that his stated goal - that students might read this text "from cover to cover" - is in no way ridiculous. Each chapter has clear exposition and organization ... this is a book filled with information about psychiatric disorders that is supported by recent research studies ... In summary, I will again state that Theory and Practice of Psychiatry is a remarkable achievement. I express my profound admiration for Dr. Cohen for having, on his own, mastered so much of the psychiatric literature and summarized it in this book so clearly. American Journal of Psychiatry ... an outstanding contribution to our literature, well-suited for medical students and others interested in a general introduction to psychiatry. I found it to be readable from front to back or one chapter at a time depending on one's needs. The text is unique, as it represents the work of a single author, who cogently articulates a systematic approach to psychiatry ... modern in its approach, up to date, and very readable. I intend to recommend it very highly to directors of medical student education and residency training. As a psychiatrist in full-time clinical practice, I found it highly useful and thoughtful. Dr. Cohen's writing is characterized by clarity, compassion and coherence. Psychological Medicineshow more

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