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"It is no surprise that the Introductory Textbook of Psychiatry, by Black and Andreasen, is now in its fifth edition. This book is beautifully written, well-organized, and easy to use. The authors present essential information in a clear and readable style, making it a valuable and authentic resource for students, trainees, and clinicians. This is one of those books that you want on the shelf within easy arm's reach." John M. Oldham, M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff, The Menninger Clinic; Professor and Executive Vice Chair, Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine" "As a scientific discipline, psychiatry has enormous breadth. It comprises both the technical, as in the frontier-expanding research in molecular genetics--- and the human and personal, as in the insights and support therapeutically given when a clinician treats a patient. The Introductory Textbook of Psychiatry equips the clinical student with a sure and knowledgeable grasp of the many facets of psychiatry." "Now in its fifth edition, this best-selling book has been revised and updated to reflect the latest advancements in the field. Guiding readers in an easy-to-follow, conversational style, the expert authors and teachers divide the text into three parts: Part I focuses on the background of psychiatry, including diagnosis and classification, interview and assessment techniques, and the neurobiology and genetics of mental illness. Part II introduces all DSM disorders, arranged by diagnostic category. Part III addresses special topics, such as child psychiatry, legal issues, psychotherapy, and psychopharmacology. The book also includes insightful case vignettes, valuable key points, helpful self-assessment questions, useful tables and charts throughout, and a glossary of commonly used terms." The Introductory Textbook of Psychiatry, Fifth Edition, is a comprehensive textbook made for learning. This relevant and essential tool will give its readers an advantageous start in the exciting field of contemporary psychiatry.

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Reviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (University of Arizona Health Sciences Center)
Description: This basic introduction to the field of psychiatry uses case examples and diagnostic criteria and information based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition (DSM-IV).
Purpose: The purpose is to introduce the practice of psychiatry to those with little knowledge or understanding of the diagnosis, etiology, treatment, and prognosis for various types of mental illness.
Audience: The authors intend this book "primarily for medical students," though they suggest it also might be useful for psychiatric residents early in their training.
Features: The first section addresses basic concepts in the diagnosis, etiology, and assessment (interviewing) of those with psychiatric disorders, while the second describes the diagnostic categories and illnesses involved in the evaluation of patients. The third section is devoted to special topics such as sleep disorders, legal issues, and psychotherapeutic treatment modalities. Numerous tables and case examples accompany the text, as well as a few figures and drawings. Some chapters conclude with summaries of key points, and all chapters end with self-assessment questions. A bibliography offers a number of references for each chapter.
Assessment: Though I am personally unfamiliar with prior editions of this book, medical students rotating through our department of psychiatry are provided with the previous edition at the start of their experience. They found the fourth edition useful as a reference, but chose instead to study from other, higher-yield resources in preparation for their shelf examination at the end of their rotation. This book is well written, and provides readers with much of the fundamental information required to have a very basic working knowledge of the specialty. Clearly, those requiring a more in-depth understanding of the diagnosis, etiology, assessment, and treatment of individuals with psychiatric problems will find it essential to reference more complete works. However, this basic introduction serves its purpose for its intended audience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585623822
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/16/2010
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 734
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald W. Black, M.D., is Professor, Director of Residency Training, and Vice Chair for Education, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa. He is a graduate of Stanford University, where he received his undergraduate degree, and the University of Utah School of Medicine. He received his psychiatric training at the University of Iowa, where he now serves as Director of Residency Training and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Black is an authority on personality disorders and impulsive behavior. He has written several books, including Bad Boys, Bad Men -- Confronting Antisocial Personality Disorder (Sociopathy) and DSM-5 Guidebook (with Jon E. Grant). He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Past President of the American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists.

Nancy C. Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D., is the Andrew H. Woods Chair, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa. She received a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Nebraska, and later, a medical degree from the University of Iowa, where she also trained in psychiatry. She is one of the world's leading authorities on schizophrenia and was a pioneer in the application of neuroimaging techniques to the study of major mental illnesses. She is the author of numerous books including The Creating Brain: The Neuroscience of Genius, The Broken Brain: The Biological Revolution in Psychiatry, and Brave New Brain: Conquering Mental Illness in the Era of the Genome. Dr. Andreasen received the National Medal of Science in 2000, America's highest award for scientific achievement. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science. She served as Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Psychiatry for 13 years.

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Table of Contents

About the Authors



PART I Background

1 Diagnosis and Classification 3

2 Interviewing and Assessment 15

3 The Neurobiology and Genetics of Mental Illness 55

PART II Psychiatric Disorders

4 Delirium, Dementia, and Amnestic Disorder 83

5 Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders 107

6 Mood Disorders 141

7 Anxiety Disorders 169

8 Somatoform, Dissociative, and Related Disorders 207

9 Alcohol- and Drug-Related Disorders 241

10 Personality Disorders 285

11 Sexual Dysfunction, Paraphilias, and Gender Identity Disorders 319

12 Eating Disorders 343

13 Adjustment Disorders 359

14 Impulse-Control Disorders 369

PART III Special Topics

15 Psychiatric Emergencies 383

16 Child Psychiatry 399

17 Sleep Disorders 443

18 Legal Issues 465

19 Behavioral, Cognitive, and Psychodynamic Treatments 477

20 Psychopharmacology and Electroconvulsive Therapy 501

Bibliography 553

Glossary 587

Index 623

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