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An established resource through three editions, the Introductory Textbook of Psychiatry has been thoroughly revised to make it an even more effective text. The authors have trimmed the content of the previous edition to make the book more practical and easier to use, while continuing to interweave recent advances in psychiatry with the core knowledge that new students need—from grasping the neurobiology of mental illness to understanding DSM.

This user-friendly volume introduces students to a wide range of psychiatric diagnoses while providing additional coverage of special topics such as violence and suicide, legal issues, childhood disorders, sleep disorders, and both psychosocial and somatic therapies. It includes a detailed introduction to the interview process, a critical review of DSM, up-to-date information on drugs, and chapters devoted to specific conditions, from cognitive disorders to impulse-control disorders. Its didactic aids include compelling case vignettes and “clinical pearls”—even more numerous in this edition—plus self-assessment questions and a glossary newly added for this edition.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Sahana Misra
This second edition provides an up-to-date introduction to the field of psychiatry. This edition improves on the original, which was published in 1991, by including DSM-IV criteria and new topics that are relevant to the changing field of medicine, such as legal issues in psychiatry. The purpose is to provide an introduction to this broad field in a clear, concise, and current manner. The author's skill as a writer is evident, enabling this book to meet its objective. This book is primarily targeted toward medical students, especially during their psychiatry clerkship. The credibility of the author in this subject matter is not to be disputed. This book is filled with several figures and tables that aid to provide a clear presentation of the subject matter. Current references and self-assessment questions are provided at the end of each chapter. The appendixes contain the Mini-Mental State Exam and several rating scales. This new edition is an improvement to an already worthy book because it includes current DSM-IV criteria and new material that deals with healthcare reform issues, new treatment options, and research. It is well written and enjoyable to read. This book is a definite must for every medical student and is a useful reference for interns and students studying in other psychiatric specialties. This book makes an excellent addition to any health sciences library or bookstore.
Text primarily intended for medical students and residents during the first several years of their training. Chapter references provide for more in-depth exploration of topics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Reviewer: William Miles, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is the fourth edition of the authors' highly regarded and widely used introductory textbook to psychiatric medicine. The third edition was published in 2001.
Purpose: The purpose is to introduce medical students and students in related disciplines to psychiatry, and to provide a tool they can use to help them learn about this branch of medicine. The authors state in the introduction that the book is a tool, and nothing more, emphasizing that the majority of learning comes from patients.
Audience: The book is targeted to medical students, students in related fields, and psychiatry residents early in their training. Although I agree with this audience, the book would benefit anyone wanting to find out more about this field.
Features: Part I is divided into two chapters, and focuses on assessing/interviewing psychiatric patients, as well as the neurobiology and genetics of psychiatric disorders. Several excellent color illustrations pertaining to neurobiology appear in this edition, an improvement on the last edition. Part II, in its many chapters, discusses the various disorders seen in psychiatry, divided in their traditional way (e.g. mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and so forth). Part III discusses special topics in psychiatry, such as child psychiatry, legal aspects of the field, and electroconvulsive therapy. Numerous tables and graphs are scattered throughout. Self-assessment questions are found at the end of each chapter. An excellent glossary is at the end of the book, along with a thorough reference list and a helpful index.
Assessment: As one who uses this textbook in teaching medical students, I was eagerly awaiting this new edition. I was not disappointed. The authors once again provide an excellent introductory textbook to this field, and have improved upon their last edition with the inclusion of several color illustrations and self-assessment questions. The book is well organized, easy to read, and written at an appropriate level. It no doubt will continue as an example of one of the best of its kind available to medical students.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585622238
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 668
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy C. Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D., is Andrew H. Woods Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, and Editor Emeritus, American Journal of Psychiatry.

Donald W. Black, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

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Table of Contents

1 Diagnosis and classification 3
2 Interviewing and assessment 17
3 The neurobiology and genetics of mental illness 57
4 Delirium, dementia, and amnestic disorder 85
5 Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders 107
6 Mood disorders 139
7 Anxiety disorders 167
8 Somatoform, dissociative, and related disorders 201
9 Alcohol and drug-related disorders 233
10 Personality disorders 275
11 Sexual dysfunction, paraphilias, and gender identity disorders 305
12 Eating disorders 327
13 Adjustment disorders 343
14 Impulse-control disorders 353
15 Psychiatric emergencies 365
16 Child psychiatry 379
17 Sleep disorders 421
18 Legal issues 441
19 Psychological treatments 453
20 Psychopharmacology and electroconvulsive therapy 477
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