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Psychiatry, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-4051-9096-1
240 pages
January 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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"This book is very different from any medical textbook you've ever read… its greatest merit is to have single-handedly transformed the perception of psychiatry from that of Cinderella speciality to that of hottest speciality on offer."

Following in the footsteps of the groundbreaking first edition, this second edition of Psychiatry is a comprehensive textbook of mental health that brings its subject alive with numerous case studies, images and photographs, and short references from the arts, history, and philosophy. These not only facilitate learning and memorisation, but also highlight the subjective experience of mental illness, and stimulate thought into the nature of the human experience.

Based on extensive feedback from students and lecturers, this second edition places greater emphasis on psychological treatments, clinical skills, and exam success, and integrates more than 350 self-assessment questions.

Other important features include:

  • A clear and attractive layout with colour coding and colour images and photographs
  • Learning objectives, boxed summaries, and self-assessment questions in every chapter
  • Step-by-step coverage of the psychiatric history, mental state examination, and formulation, with an integrated account of the signs and symptoms of mental disorders and a model case history
  • Clinical skills/OSCE boxes on competencies such as enquiring about delusions and hallucinations, assessing suicidal risk, and assessing capacity
  • Greater coverage of psychiatric subspecialties
  • An expanded chapter on the history of psychiatry with introductions to Freud and Jung

Psychiatry is the perfect textbook for medical students, junior doctors, GPs, and all healthcare professionals needing a thorough account of mental disorders.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the second edition.

Preface to the first edition.


Part 1.

1 A brief history of psychiatry.

2 Patient assessment.

3 The delivery of mental health care.

Part 2.

4 Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders.

5 Affective (mood) disorders.

6 Suicide and deliberate self-harm.

7 Neurotic, stress-related, and somatoform disorders (anxiety disorders).

8 Personality disorders.

9 Organic psychiatric disorders (delirium and dementias).

10 Mental retardation (learning disabilities).

11 Substance misuse.

12 Eating, sleep, and sexual disorders.

13 Child and adolescent psychiatry.

So, why a career in psychiatry?

Self-assessment EMQs.

Answers to self-assessment.

Answers to EMQs.

Appendix: Some psychiatric questionnaires and rating scales.


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Author Information

Dr Neel Burton is based at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, where he regularly teaches medical students. He is author of Living with Schizophrenia (with Dr Phil Davison, Sheldon Press, 2007) and has won a number of teaching awards.
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"This is a textbook for undergraduates and an excellent one at that." Oxford Journals, June 2010

"The publication of Neel Burton's excellent 2nd edition of Psychiatry is particularly opportune, coming as it does during what some have described as the specialty’s ‘recruitment crisis’. This undergraduate textbook is colourful, concise and engaging, the ideal primer to pique a student’s interest in mental health studies.

By turns intellectually challenging and entertaining (its first two quotations come from Nietzsche and Alice in Wonderland) the text is easily picked up and dipped into at random or studied more earnestly, chapter-by-chapter. Each section is introduced with a list of learning objectives and concluded with a summary of key facts. Its salient points are delivered alongside informative, appropriately selected case studies and consolidated with 12 pages of self-assessment of the widely used ‘Extended Matching’ (EMQ) variety." International Journal of Culture and Mental Health

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