Key Topics in Psychiatry

Key Topics in Psychiatry

by Sheena C. Jones, Kate Roberts
     
 

This title is directed primarily towards trainee psychiatrists sitting MRCPsych or similar exams and qualified psychiatrists. It summarizes information on a wide range of topics such as important journal articles, clinical trials, government White Papers, guidelines and rating scales which are vital for both good exam performance and clinical practice, but which

Overview

This title is directed primarily towards trainee psychiatrists sitting MRCPsych or similar exams and qualified psychiatrists. It summarizes information on a wide range of topics such as important journal articles, clinical trials, government White Papers, guidelines and rating scales which are vital for both good exam performance and clinical practice, but which are not available elsewhere between one set of covers.

• Brings together information from disparate sources on the major areas of psychiatry - saves much trawling through journals and other sources.
• Covers the vital areas for each topic as relevant - summaries of journal articles, clinical trials, government directives, national guidelines.
• Presents the information in an easily accessible form through the use of bullet points, lists, tables and diagrams.
• Invaluable for the hard pressed exam candidate revising for the essay paper and clinical sections of Part II of the MRCPsych and similar exams.
• Also highly relevant for psychiatric CPD and for day to day practice.

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Brett C. Plyler, M.D.(Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: This book gathers in one place data on relevant clinical topics in preparation for licensure exams or for an update/review. The authors decided to do this because of the excessive amount of time they spent during their exam preparation attempting to gather all of the relevant and up-to-date information on mental health topics.
Purpose: The purpose is to gather relevant articles and sources on key topics in psychiatry. The book meets the objectives.
Audience: This book is directed at people preparing for membership or licensure exams and for clinicians desiring concise updates on important topics in psychiatry.
Features: The topics range from addiction through perinatal psychiatry to suicide/self harm. Each chapter is subdivided into ethical issues, general topics, legislation, psychopharmacology, therapies, and assessment tools/rating scales. There are a number of treatment algorithms for such topics as depression in children and generalized anxiety disorder. Unfortunately, the layout of the pages and the gray colored subheadings make it difficult to read and hard to separate different topics.
Assessment: The idea for this book is a good one and I admire the authors' attempt to put it together. However, I found it hard to use and I was unsure of what I would get in each chapter. It doesn't make for a fast reference as you must read through each topic to determine what sort of studies have been included, then determine whether or not any of these will be relevant for you. A great deal of the policy and legislation information is not relevant for an American audience and refers only to the U.K. Although there are some areas that are well done, overall, the book is unwieldy and not easy to use.
From the Publisher
"The aim of the book is to keep the trainee and qualified psychiatrist abreast of modern psychiatric practice and in that, the book succeeds remarkably well...each page is brimming with fact upon fact, the reader does not feel overwhelmed since the text is neatly set out and bullet pointed and the writing style is to the point."
Univadis, review 149, March 2008

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780443101656
Publisher:
Elsevier Health Sciences
Publication date:
06/07/2007
Series:
MRCPsy Study Guides Series
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
9.69(w) x 7.44(h) x (d)

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