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Psychiatry: An evidence-based text

1st Edition

By Bassant Puri, Ian Treasaden

CRC Press

1,323 pages | 80 Color Illus. | 145 B/W Illus.

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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.


"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

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

About the Authors

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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Psychiatry / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health