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Published: 05 January 2012

488 Pages | 50 illustrations and 10 photos


ISBN: 9780199233960

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First Prize Psychiatry BMA Medical Book Awards 2012


Fourth Edition

John Geddes, Jonathan Price, and Rebecca McKnight

  • Many chapters revised and new chapters added including the epidemiology of psychiatric disorders, attitudes towards psychiatry and sleep disorders
  • Integrates the description of all key psychiatric conditions with details of their clinical management, placing the study of psychiatry in a real-world context.
  • Extensive learning features, including case studies and boxes describing current research into psychiatric conditions, make the book an invaluable course companion.
  • An Online Resource Centre features additional materials for both lecturers and students, increasing the value of the text as a teaching and learning tool.

New to this Edition:

  • Extensive reorganization sees chapters divided into five sections representing different aspects of clinical practice to emphasise the main themes covered by the field, and to bring more common topics nearer the front of the book.
  • New chapters have been added on: the epidemiology of psychiatric disorders; attitudes towards psychiatry; thinking about diagnosis; thinking about prognosis; sleep disorders; risk assessment; keeping yourself well and careers in psychiatry.
  • Mood disorders are now covered in two chapters; one covering unipolar depression, and the other bipolar disorders.
  • Many existing chapters have been expanded and/or altered considerably, including: aetiology; settings of care (formerly care in the community); psychological treatments; social treatments; stressful experiences; eating disorders; child and adolescent psychiatry.
  • There are chapters pertaining to the specific management of special groups, e.g. children, older adults and those presenting with a physical disorder.
  • For each major psychiatric condition, information on screening is now included within the specific chapter for that condition.
  • The management sections for all diagnoses have been totally rewritten to incorporate relevant clinical guidelines (e.g. NICE guidance) and recent research innovations.
  • Each chapter now contains at least one case study and at least one 'science box'; a short description or discussion of current research pertaining to the clinical conditions in the chapter

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