The Harvard Guide to Psychiatryby Armand M. Nicholi
Four years in the making, this entirely revised edition of a classic text provides a lucid and erudite review of the state of psychiatry today. Since the publication of the last edition in 1988, remarkable advances have been made in laboratory and clinical psychiatric research; the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (/i>… See more details below
Four years in the making, this entirely revised edition of a classic text provides a lucid and erudite review of the state of psychiatry today. Since the publication of the last edition in 1988, remarkable advances have been made in laboratory and clinical psychiatric research; the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) has been published; managed care has radically altered the provision of all medical care; and the profession of psychiatry has come to a sophisticated new understanding of the interplay between psychiatric knowledge and issues in the larger society.
All these changes are reflected in the new text. Of particular interest are the masterful and lucid reviews of current knowledge in the neurobiology of mental disorders, in the section on brain and behavior. The section on psychopathology clarifies newly emerging diagnostic categories and offers new insight into addictions, anxiety disorders, and disorders of cognition.
Like its predecessors, The Harvard Guide To Psychiatry focuses throughout on the relationship between the physician and the patient. Its unspoken motto is that the art of psychiatry is as important as the science. For this recognition of what is relevant clinically as well as technically, this book will be an essential reference and support for both the new and the experienced psychiatrist.
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Description: This text is a comprehensive overview of current psychiatry. It is entirely revised from the previous edition published in 1988 and includes neuroimaging and neurobiology, as well as a thorough review of psychological aspects in mental health.
Purpose: The purpose is to produce an up-to-date, well integrated, and technically sound text to enhance the knowledge of all clinicians.
Audience: It is written for an audience ranging from the student to the experienced clinician and researcher.
Features: Each chapter is written by carefully selected members of the Harvard Medical School faculty. Divided into six parts, virtually all areas in modern psychiatry from the doctor-patient relationship to psychopathology to effects of managed care and impact of societal influences are covered thoroughly yet concisely . Psychological theories of defense mechanisms, personality and contributions of theorists like Kohut, as well as hypnosis, its uses, and recovered memories are discussed, and the latest on topics such as psychoimmunology is also addressed. Special populations such as children, the elderly, the mentally retarded, and the person confronting death are considered. Each chapter generally proceeds from relevant history to the most current issues. While there is no separate chapter on phenomenology, it is clearly discussed in the relevant chapters.
Assessment: This volume is an excellent guide to psychiatry and successfully manages to accomplish the goal of providing value to the beginning student as well as the experienced clinician and researcher. A humanistic focus is maintained, which helps fully integrate the disparate camps in psychiatry. It is very much recommended.
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