Oxford Handbook of Psychiatry

Oxford Handbook of Psychiatry

by David Semple, Roger Smyth
     
 

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Fully revised and updated for the new edition, the Oxford Handbook of Psychiatry provides the most up-to-date information clinically relevant to the doctor on the ground. Using a presentation-based format it provides detailed advice on clinical decision making after diagnosis. This handbook is an indispensable companion for any professional working in psychiatric

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Fully revised and updated for the new edition, the Oxford Handbook of Psychiatry provides the most up-to-date information clinically relevant to the doctor on the ground. Using a presentation-based format it provides detailed advice on clinical decision making after diagnosis. This handbook is an indispensable companion for any professional working in psychiatric medicine.

Covering all major psychiatric conditions and sub-specialties, this handbook provides practical and comprehensive guidelines and in-depth coverage of psychiatric assessment, psychopathology, evidence-based practice, therapeutic issues, and transcultural psychiatry. Fully up-to-date with the latest revisions of the DSM-IV and the ICD10, it is indexed alphabetically by classification codes and acute presentations for quick access. It reflects the recent major changes to psychiatric training and examination as well as the latest drug information. Reviewed by experienced clinicians, and revised by Specialist Trainees, this handbook not only gives expert advice for psychiatry professionals, but is also directly relevant to trainees in psychiatry. For the third edition, new information includes guidance on Adult ADHD, information on new drugs of abuse (e,g, GBL, GHB, mephodrone), and clinical decision-making in the prison setting. With such broad coverage and depth of guidance, this is the must-have pocket guide for all professionals and trainees working in psychiatry.

Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (Assurance Health and Wellness)
Description: This book attempts to address the changes occurring in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients in psychiatry.
Purpose: The editors of this third edition note their main interest is to provide a "useful guide to current best practice," "aid in the management of individual patients," and "inspire ... the next generation of clinicians and researchers."
Audience: It is geared primarily as a reference for those providing clinical services to patients in the mental healthcare field (such as social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, and nurse practitioners, as well as trainees in these respective areas). Additionally, it may serve as a quick resource for others interested in information about various psychiatric disorders.
Features: In addition to addressing each of the major recognized diagnostic categories, this book tackles most of the subspecialty areas (forensic, geriatric, child and adolescent, addiction, etc.) in psychiatry. Pages contain limited footnotes to illustrate where more information can be found, and one of the last chapters, on difficult and urgent situations, is particularly useful for trainees. Since the authors are from the U.K., the section of resources lists mostly European organizations.
Assessment: The timing of this edition is slightly unfortunate, as it was released using DSM-IV criteria just as the DSM-5 was published, which changed some of the criteria for selected psychiatric disorders, as well as how some of the diagnoses are classified or named (i.e. "Mild Mental Retardation" is now referred to as "Intellectual Disability Disorder"). Despite this, the book is very capable of briefly educating its readers about a wide range of mental health issues using current information and practice. And, as a result of its small size, it is quite portable, making it a practical book to have in any location.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199693887
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/05/2013
Pages:
1088
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Dr David Semple was born and educated in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, studying Medicine at the University of Edinburgh from 1987-1992. He trained in Psychiatry in the Borders/South East Scotland during which time he conducted research funded by Wellcome into the long-term effects of ecstasy. During his time as a Lecturer/Specialist Registrar based at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital/University of Edinburgh he wrote the first edition of the Oxford Handbook of Psychiatry with a group of friends including close collaborator Dr Roger Smyth. Dr Semple was appointed to his current post as a Consultant General Adult Psychiatrist at Hairmyres Hospital in 2004.

Dr Roger Smyth was born and educated in Belfast, Northern Ireland and came to Scotland to study Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. He trained in Psychiatry in South East Scotland. Together with a group of friends and colleagues he wrote the first edition of the Oxford Handbook of Psychiatry. Dr Smyth took up his first Consultant Psychiatrist post in St John's Hospital, Livingston in 2004, and moved to the Department of Psychological Medicine at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in 2006 to specialise in Liaison Psychiatry.

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