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The Maudsley Handbook of Practical Psychiatry has long served trainees in psychiatry, presenting them with practical and essential advice. This new edition of the handbook, perhaps better known as the 'Orange book', provides guidance on the psychiatric and neuropsychiatric examination and interviewing of adults and children - not just a central skill, but the basis for reaching a diagnosis and defining a treatment plan. It also covers special interview situations, such as dealing with specific patient reactions, and other special problems, for example, conducting a complicated assessment in cases of autism or self harm. The final chapters explain when to refer to the experts and describes early treatment interventions. The book concludes with important legal and service organisation issues.

As with previous editions, the new edition has been revised and rewritten with the full and active involvement of a group of consultant psychiatrists and trainees.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Jeffrey S. Ross
This is the third edition of a pocket-sized handbook created at the Maudsley Hospital in England for use by their trainees in psychiatry. It summarizes the clinical assessment of the psychiatric patient. "The purpose is to provide psychiatry trainees with a quick reference guide to the clinical interview, assessment, and management of the psychiatric patient. Due to the obvious size constraint in constructing a pocket book of such enormous breadth, many areas of interest are either poorly covered or absent. Also, much of the material presented appears based on personal experience and individual style rather than a universal scientific standard. "The book is most certainly aimed at the clinically naive psychiatric trainee. Any experienced mental health practitioner would have virtually no use for this handbook other than as a cursory review prior to a clinical oral exam. According to the preface, the contents of this new edition were partly selected and written by the Maudsley trainees themselves based on their clinical needs within their own training site. Such needs do not universally translate to all U.S. programs. "The handbook consists of mostly text, both narrative and outline, with frequent tables and diagrams to highlight the text. Curiously, there are no references included. The table of contents lists 11 chapters, each containing subjects that appears somewhat randomly chosen and arranged. The index appears generally complete and helpful. The book is designed to be small and lightweight for pocket transport, and displays the traditional orange cover popularized by previous editions. "This updated edition appears organized and written via personal experience within theMaudsley psychiatric training program specifically and England in general, and some of the content is not easily translated to U.S. practice. Although the book may have some usefulness for the U.S. psychiatry resident with little clinical experience and limited hands-on supervision, it is hoped that the need for such a book is supplanted by extensive patient care, good on-site supervisory feedback, and regular reading.
From the Publisher

"The Maudsley Handbook is ... a valuable introductory handbook in terms of its discussion of the psychiatric interview and assessment."--Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience


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Reviewer: Jeffrey S. Ross, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is the third edition of a pocket-sized handbook created at the Maudsley Hospital in England for use by their trainees in psychiatry. It summarizes the clinical assessment of the psychiatric patient.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide psychiatry trainees with a quick reference guide to the clinical interview, assessment, and management of the psychiatric patient. Due to the obvious size constraint in constructing a pocket book of such enormous breadth, many areas of interest are either poorly covered or absent. Also, much of the material presented appears based on personal experience and individual style rather than a universal scientific standard.
Audience: The book is most certainly aimed at the clinically naive psychiatric trainee. Any experienced mental health practitioner would have virtually no use for this handbook other than as a cursory review prior to a clinical oral exam. According to the preface, the contents of this new edition were partly selected and written by the Maudsley trainees themselves based on their clinical needs within their own training site. Such needs do not universally translate to all U.S. programs.
Features: The handbook consists of mostly text, both narrative and outline, with frequent tables and diagrams to highlight the text. Curiously, there are no references included. The table of contents lists 11 chapters, each containing subjects that appears somewhat randomly chosen and arranged. The index appears generally complete and helpful. The book is designed to be small and lightweight for pocket transport, and displays the traditional orange cover popularized by previous editions.
Assessment: This updated edition appears organized and written via personal experience within the Maudsley psychiatric training program specifically and England in general, and some of the content is not easily translated to U.S. practice. Although the book may have some usefulness for the U.S. psychiatry resident with little clinical experience and limited hands-on supervision, it is hoped that the need for such a book is supplanted by extensive patient care, good on-site supervisory feedback, and regular reading.

2 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199299768
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/30/2006
  • Series: Oxford Medical Publications Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 4.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The psychiatric interview with adults
2. Special assessments with adults
3. The psychiatric interview with children
4. The mental state examination
5. Neuropsychiatric assessment
6. The formulation, the summary and progress notes
7. Special interview situations
8. Special problems
9. When to refer to experts
10. Early treatments
11. Things you need to know about

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

    THE OLD JOINT HOSPITAL (MAUDSLEY-ROYAL BETHLEHEM) ORANGE BOOK

    FOR THE MAUDSLEY TRAINEE IT WAS A MUST TO DEAL WITH THIS GUIDE (BACK IN MY TIME IT WAS A FEW PAGES BOOKLET) IN ORDER TO LEARN HOW TO DO PROPERLY A GOOD MENTAL HISTORY/STATE AND OF COURSE A FORMULATION.
    I WAS SURPRISED HOW WELL ORGANIZED IS THIS NEW BIG BIG VERSION.
    STILL VERY CONCISE AND PRACTICAL.

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