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Highly acclaimed as "by far the best and most complete dictionary devoted to the subject" (Psychiatric Quarterly on a previous edition), this seventh edition of Psychiatric Dictionary is the most extensive revision of the work to date. This edition includes the new terms and diagnostic criteria of the recently revised fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association. In addition, it reflects the advances in neurobiology and neuroimaging that mark the "Decade of the Brain".
During the past decade, outcome studies of different forms of psychotherapy lay the groundwork for the development of differential therapeutics. The new edition takes note of the growing emphasis on brief therapy even as it tries to capture the essence of recent developments in self-psychology and in the object relations school of psychoanalysis. More that 2200 entries of the seventh edition are new, constituting 18% of the total. Many of the entries from previous editions have been revised to include recent discoveries about the mechanism or disorder that they describe. Others have been eliminated or considerably reduced in size, and some have been retained only because of historical interest. As in previous editions, the more important terms are often given encyclopedic treatment. Cross-references are used to guide the reader to a core concept and also to suggest relationships or parallels between different models. In selecting terms for inclusion (and exclusion), and in deciding which terms merit a single sentence or two, the editor has tried to meet a goal of making the language of the field accessible not only to those who use it every day, but also to those who work primarily in other fields. In addition to the changes already noted, there are new or extensively revised entries in the following topical areas: use and misuse of alcohol and other substances; newer psychopharmacological agents and new uses of older drugs; psychology and social work; genetics; cognitive disorders (dementias, deliria, and amnesiae) and other diagnostic entities recognized by DSM-IV; structure and functions of the neuron; information processing; language acquisition; and health law and forensic psychiatry. As an authoritative reference that offers encyclopedic, up-to-date coverage of all areas of psychiatric interest, this new edition will be welcomed by all professionals and students in the field of mental health.

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Reviewer: Jayalakshmi Jambunathan, PhD, MSN, MA, BSN, BSc (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This eighth edition of an encyclopedic psychiatric dictionary is intended to provide the readers information on new developments in psychiatry and related fields. The author has incorporated terms not only from the field of mental illness which includes psychopharmacologic agents, psychoanalysis, behavior therapy, cognitive therapy, interpersonal therapy, and other brief therapies, but also from other disciplines that have cross-fertilized with psychiatry. The seventh edition of the book was published in 1996.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the author, is to make the dictionary comprehensible not only to those who are active in the field of behavioral sciences, but also to readers whose primary work, interest or training may not be in the area being defined. The objectives are noteworthy since there are numerous allied professionals, health or non-health related, who can significantly contribute to overcoming the stigma against psychiatric patients and increase public awareness of psychiatric disorders. Additionally, these professionals can help stimulate wider interest in the field of psychiatry and motivate people to seek increasingly specialized information from their caregivers. With the fields of psychiatry and neuroscience becoming closer to each other, the author has met the intended objectives by incorporating current information on theories and discoveries from psychiatry and related disciplines.
Audience: According to the author, the book is written for psychiatrists, established practitioners, and recent graduates trained in a core medical curriculum which includes molecular biology and molecular genetics. The book is also intended for neurologists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, counselors, lawyers, and lay readers because of the cross fertilization between these different disciplines and psychiatry. The author is a credible authority with his eighth edition, which includes up-to-date material on neurosciences, cognitive psychology, neurodegenerative sciences, and information on treatments.
Features: This encyclopedic dictionary reflects information and achievements about not only the basic sciences but also their practical applications, as well as changes in the organizations and health care delivery. The book comprises a range of treatments for mental illness that include psychopharmacology, psychoanalysis, behavior therapy, cognitive therapy, etc. Important terms in the book are not only defined, but also described and explained. The definitions and descriptions are succinct, yet comprehensive, and also provide an easy understanding of complicated terms. Some illustrations would help lay readers, since the book is also intended for a variety of professions that are non-health related.
Assessment: This eighth edition is well justified and needed to create an awareness in the general public and other professions of the new knowledge and developments abounding in psychiatry and neuroscience. The book is useful as it provides current information from other disciplines that have cross fertilized with psychiatry.

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195102598
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 840
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 1.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Jean Campbell, M.D., is the Director of Gracie Square Hospital in New York City, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Cornell University Medical College, and Past President of the American Association of Psychiatric Administrators.

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