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Psychosomatic medicine plays a crucial role in the medical center, and its sound, sensitive practice is critical to patient care. The Casebook of Psychosomatic Medicine brings to life the patients whom psychosomatic medicine serves and the variety of challenges they face -- classic psyche--soma involvement; psychotic attributions to physical illness; catastrophic events and injuries; major systemic medical challenges with comorbid psychopathology; and more. Vivid clinical cases that illustrate important teaching ...

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Casebook of Psychosomatic Medicine

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Overview

Psychosomatic medicine plays a crucial role in the medical center, and its sound, sensitive practice is critical to patient care. The Casebook of Psychosomatic Medicine brings to life the patients whom psychosomatic medicine serves and the variety of challenges they face -- classic psyche--soma involvement; psychotic attributions to physical illness; catastrophic events and injuries; major systemic medical challenges with comorbid psychopathology; and more. Vivid clinical cases that illustrate important teaching points in the practice of psychosomatic medicine are organized by presenting systemic illness or organ system for ready reference in classroom or consultation settings.

Medical students, residents and fellows, and practicing physicians alike will find this volume indispensable. No other single volume offers a broader, more diverse range of engaging, detailed, and nuanced psychosomatic medicine cases, or integrates biopsychosocial assessment and treatment so completely. A practical resource and also an important contribution to psychiatric scholarship, where the study of "compelling cases" can inform changes in practice, the Casebook of Psychosomatic Medicine represents a vital contribution to the field.

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Editorial Reviews

The American Journal of Psychiatry
The Casebook of Psychosomatic Medicine is a well-written collection of fascinating case reports derived from the authors' years of experience as psychosomatic medicine clinicians. The wide variety and number of compelling stories are a testament to their collective wisdom and skill. This is an enlightening, entertaining, and informative textbook that would be well suited for trainees as well as those who already practice psychosomatic medicine.The reader should find this to be a very satisfying text that can be incorporated into coursework for medical students, a general-residency training program, or a psychosomatic-medicine fellowship. I would also recommend this book to the seasoned psychosomatic-medicine specialist, because the cases and discussions presented are thoroughly enjoyable, as well as educational.
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Reviewer: Jeffrey Rado, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: Through the use of illustrative cases, this book reviews key principles of psychosomatic medicine. The author is one of the leading experts in the field.
Purpose: The book provides explanatory and illuminating clinical vignettes classified by primary physical illness. This approach is very practical and clearly communicates the concepts being discussed.
Audience: The audience includes students, residents, fellows, and practicing psychiatrists. I also think psychologists, psychology students and licensed clinical social workers would find it useful. Given its inherent focus on medical and surgical morbidity, the book also would be useful for internists and medical subspecialists.
Features: Each chapter covers a different organ system. Fairly well developed clinical scenarios describe typical patients presenting with an illness. Each case is focused on a well-chosen clinical issue (i.e. QT prolongation and antipsychotics) and a DSM-IV diagnosis accompanies each vignette. Unique to this book, all of the essential information is presented via discussion of the case, a less common approach that is definitely more engaging for readers. The surgery and organ transplantation sections are particularly well done. The apparent goal is not to be comprehensive but rather to give readers a chance to learn specific concepts through detailed patient scenarios. The addition of some well-chosen illustrations would have enhanced the book.
Assessment: This is a very practical manual. Readers from medical students all the way up to seasoned clinicians will find it useful. Concepts come to life through well-chosen clinical cases. The discussion of each case is evidence-based with numerous and current references from the scientific literature. Anyone who regularly sees patients in a consultation-liaison setting or who cares for psychiatric patients with a high level of medical comorbidity will appreciate this book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585628742
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/19/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 323
  • Product dimensions: 0.60 (w) x 0.90 (h) x 0.07 (d)
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

James A. Bourgeois, O.D., M.D., is Alan Stoudemire Professor of Psychosomatic Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California.

Debra Kahn, M.D., is Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California.

Kemuel Philbrick, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Mayo Medical School, College of Medicine, and Consultant in Psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

John Michael Bostwick, M.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Mayo Medical School, College of Medicine, and Consultant in Psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

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Table of Contents

Preface. Challenges in psychiatric assessment. Acute mental status changes/delirium. Heart disease. Lung disease. Gastrointestinal disorders. Renal disease. Endocrine disorders. Oncology. Rheumatology. Infectious diseases. Dermatology. Surgery. Organ transplantation. Neurology and neurosurgery. Obstetrics and gynecology and pediatrics. Pain. Psychosis in the general medical setting. Diagnosis index. Subject index.

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