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Published: 25 October 2018

152 Pages | 10 black and white images


ISBN: 9780198826200

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Psychiatry: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Tom Burns

Very Short Introductions

  • Considers the nature of psychiatry today, and the future opportunities which are being opened up with the use of artificial intelligence and virtual reality
  • Offers a historical overview of psychiatry's development, including the asylum movement and the discovery of the unconscious
  • Provides a thorough examination of psychiatry's past (and present) failures and mistakes
  • Explores the conceptual and philosophical controversies around psychiatry's legitimacy
  • Distinguishes psychiatry's differences (and overlaps) with psychology and psychotherapy
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over nine million copies sold worldwide

New to this Edition:

  • Fully updated throughout
  • Considers recent social changes in psychiatry and the issues psychiatry needs to combat today, such as the fact that women are no longer to be relied on as carers, and the problems associated with ageing populations and the challenge of dementia
  • Includes new material on scientific advances, such as Virtual Reality in both diagnosis and treatment, and artificial intelligence

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