1st Edition

Psychiatry: An evidence-based text

By Basant Puri, Ian Treasaden Copyright 2009
    1323 Pages 80 Color & 145 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Succinct, user-friendly, thoroughly referenced and prepared by leading experts in the field, this book is the only single textbook you will need to succeed in the Royal College of Psychiatrists' MRCPsych and other related higher examinations.

    • Chapters follow the structure and syllabus of the examination ensuring that you receive the necessary essential information to pass and indeed succeed
    • Approachable and succinct text with colour illustrations and key summary points further help to clarify complex concepts and provide you with useful revision tools
    • The evidence-based approach used throughout is important to help you relate theory and research to clinical practice

    The book is carefully structured and sequenced to building upon the basic sciences underpinning psychiatry, through to an in-depth description of pharmacological and psychological treatments used.

    Part 1: The foundations of modern psychiatric practice History of psychiatry
    Introduction to Evidence-based medicine
    History and philosophy science
    Research methods and statistics
    How to practice evidence-based medicine
    Psychological assessment and psychometrics

    Part 2: Developmental, behavioural and socio-cultural psychiatry Human development
    Introduction to Basic psychology
    Information processing and attention
    Learning Theory
    Language and thought
    Social psychology
    Social science and socio-cultutral psychiatry
    Cultural psychiatry

    Part 3: Neuroscience Neuroanatomy
    Basic concepts in neurophysiology
    Neurophysiology of Integrated behaviour
    Neurogenesis and cerebralplasticity
    The neuroendocrine system
    The Neurophysiology of arousal and sleep
    The electroencephalogram (EEG) and evoked potential studies (EPS)

    Part 4: Mental health problems and mental illness Classification and diagnostic systems: ICD-10, DSM-IV-TR and DSM-V
    Cognitive assessment
    Neurology for Psychiatrists
    Organic disorders
    Schizophrenia and paranoid psychoses
    Mood disorders/affective psychoses
    Eating disorders
    Personality disorders
    Perinatal psychiatry: clinical features, epidemiology, aetiology
    Psychosexual medicine
    Gender identity disorders
    Paraphilias and sex offendors
    Psychiatric assessment of physical illness
    Overlapping multi-system, multi-organ illnesses/syndromes
    Mental health problems: Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
    Mental health problems in ME, fibromyalgia
    Pain and psychiatry
    Sleep and sleep disorders
    Suicide and deliberate self-harm
    Emergency psychiatry
    Care of the dying and bereaved

    Part 5: Approaches to treatment Clinical psychopharmacology
    rTMS & VNS
    Psychotherapy: Introduction
    Dynamic psychotherapy
    Family therapy
    Marital therapy
    Group therapy
    Other individual psychotherapies
    Therapuetic communities
    Effectiveness of psychotherapy

    Part 6: Clinical specialities Addiction psychiatry
    Child and adolescent psychiatry
    Learning disability psychiatry
    Old age psychiatry
    Rehabilitation psychiatry

    Part 7: Mental health service provision Management: Psychiatric services and management, and leading and organising service development and delivery
    Advice to special medical services

    Part 8: Legal and ethical aspects of psychiatry Forensic psychiatry
    Legal aspects of psychiatry
    Ethics and Law
    Risk assessment


    Professor Basant Puri, Honorary Consultant in Imaging and Psychiatry, Hammersmith Hospital and Imperial College London, UK
    Ian Treasaden, Head of Forensic Neurosciences, Lipid Neuroscience Group and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry, Imperial College and Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, West London Mental Health NHS Trust, London UK

    "I really liked this book. It was a pleasure to review as in spite of the fact that it looks large and 'academic' the text is so well-written that I became engrossed in some chapters, reading as a book, rather than skimming to find the information that I needed."

    BMA Medical Book Awards 2010

    Though the book is written for the trainees of MRCPsych... it will be useful for all students of psychiatry and allied disciplines around the globe as well as for consultant psychiatrist for ready reference ... [the editors have] succeeded in the attempt to provide the sound foundation of evidence- based theoretical knowledge required for psychiatric practice

    Eastern Journal of Psychiatry

    'The breadth of topics covered is impressive... This book will provide a solid reference source which can confidently take its place next to its more established rivals'.

    The Psychiatrist