Comprehensive Care of Schizophrenia: A Textbook of Clinical Management / Edition 2

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The body of knowledge that we have accumulated about the causes and nature of schizophrenia is prodigious, and the repertoire of evidence-based treatments is substantial and increasing. Comprehensive Care of Schizophrenia distills this corpus into the essential information that clinicians who care for persons with schizophrenia need to know. The second edition of the popular volume is thoroughly updated, offering new information on the advances in research and management since the first edition was published a decade ago. Chapters are streamlined to keep content as concise as possible, while key sections have been revised and expanded to include new information on drug therapy and advice on patient care. People with schizophrenia can suffer from multiple morbidities and disabilities, and thus may require a variety of treatments, both pharmacological and psychosocial. To cover the complex and growing field of schizophrenia management, renowned psychiatrists Jeffrey Lieberman and Robin Murray have recruited a distinguished group of researchers, practitioners and consumers of mental health care. This guide delves into to all aspects of the clinical management of schizophrenia for both the health care professional who treats patients as well as the researcher interested in the advances made in the field and their clinical application.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, DO, MA (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: Schizophrenia continues to be conceptualized and studied as if it is a single disease. The DSM reifies schizophrenia into a discrete disorder but schizophrenia is actually a syndrome, analogous to mental retardation and dementia, with multiple etiologies, multiple pathophysiologies, and, therefore, multiple outcomes. In addition, the genetic predispositions for schizophrenia and affective illness are well known to overlap. The current concept of schizophrenia includes multiple phenotypically overlapping syndromes and diseases, and schizophrenia can no longer be considered a unitary entity. Clinical recommendations that do not take this heterogeneity seriously have, in my opinion, outlived their usefulness. This second edition does, for the most part, incorporate the issues of validity and heterogeneity — although many of the chapters continue to use the unitary concept as a default. This second edition, written and edited by internationally recognized clinician-researchers in the field, remains a valuable contribution to the psychiatric literature.
Purpose: The purpose of this second edition, according to the editors, is to provide "a comprehensive and state-of-the-art guide for the understanding and clinical management of patients with schizophrenia." The editors, in addition, "hope that this book will help bridge the gap between the potential and the actual quality of care that patients receive." A laudable goal.
Audience: The targeted audience, according to the editors is: "the people who suffer from schizophrenia, the families that support them, and the doctors and mental health professionals who care for them."
Features: As in the first edition, chapters cover the course and outcome, pathophysiology, childhood schizophrenia, early psychosis, pharmacology, treatment resistance, cognitive-behavioral strategies, rehabilitative therapies, community treatments, suicidal behaviors, violence, substance abuse, medical comorbidity, family issues, gender issues, genetic factors, and economic factors and concludes with first-person accounts. Each chapter ends with citations of the relevant scientific literature.
Assessment: This up-to-date second edition is a useful and comprehensive guide to managing patients with psychotic illness. I highly recommend it to any mental health professional caring for patients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia and their families.
From the Publisher
"This up-to-date second edition is a useful and comprehensive guide to managing patients with psychotic illness. I highly recommend it to any mental health professional caring for patients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia and their families." — Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, Doody's

"The second edition of Comprehensive Care of Schizophrenia is a carefully prepared, authoritative, compact, readable, and very useful overview." — Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195388015
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/4/2012
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey A. Lieberman, MD, is Lawrence C. Kolb Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Director at the New York State Psychiatric Institute in New York, New York.

Robin M. Murray, MD, DSc, FRCPsych, is Professor of Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, University of London, in London, UK.

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Table of Contents


1. Course and Outcome of Schizophrenia

2. Pathobiology of Schizophrenia: Implications for Treatment

3. Diagnosis and Management of Child and Adolescent Onset Schizophrenia

4. Detection and Management of Early Psychosis

5. Pharmacologic Treatment of Schizophrenia

6. Treatment of Chronic and Treatment-Resistant Schizophrenia

7. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis

8. Rehabilitative Therapies

9. Community Treatments for People with Schizophrenia

10. Assessment and Management of Medication Nonadherence in Schizophrenia

11. Clinical Management of Suicidal Behavior in Schizophrenia

12. Understanding and Managing Violence in Schizophrenia

13. Schizophrenia and Substance Abuse

14. Managing Medical Comorbidity in Schizophrenia

15. Clinical Interactions with Patients and Families

16. Gender and Schizophrenia

17. Genetic Factors in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Schizophrenia

18. Economic Factors in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Schizophrenia

19. First Person Accounts


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