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1st Edition

Psychiatry: An evidence-based text

ISBN 9780340950050
Published November 27, 2009 by CRC Press
1323 Pages 80 Color & 145 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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
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

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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