Psychiatry: Past, Present, and Prospect

Psychiatry: Past, Present, and Prospect

by Sidney Bloch
     
 

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Psychiatry: Past, Present, and Prospect brings together perspectives from a group of highly respected psychiatrists, each with decades of experience in clinical practice. The topics covered range from scientific discoveries of all kinds, advances in treatment, and conceptual breakthroughs. The highlights are countered by the field's negative sides:

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Psychiatry: Past, Present, and Prospect brings together perspectives from a group of highly respected psychiatrists, each with decades of experience in clinical practice. The topics covered range from scientific discoveries of all kinds, advances in treatment, and conceptual breakthroughs. The highlights are countered by the field's negative sides: perennial indecisiveness about the boundaries of psychiatry; the limitations of a narrow approach to human suffering; the retreat from the hope of a de- institutionalised, community-based psychiatry; the divide between biological treatments and psychotherapy; the technical and ethical complexities of psychiatric research; and the low priority given to psychiatry, especially but far from exclusively in less developed countries. The result is a text full of collected wisdom which will promote the curiosity of mental health professionals about key developments in psychiatry over the past half century; sensitize the next generation of mental health professionals to the role they might play in advancing the state of knowledge about mental illness and its treatment during the course of their careers; and serve as a valuable archival resource for scholars. This collection of viewpoints from very experienced leaders in the field of psychiatry will prove fascinating reading for psychiatrists and allied mental health professionals, such as psychologists, psychiatric social workers, psychiatric nurses and occupational therapists, both trained and in training. It will also offer the interested laity a balanced account of psychiatry's evolution since the 1950s, and its likely prospects in the 21st century.

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"This is thought-provoking reading for all mental health professionals. Readers may not agree with every expert's opinion, but the book provides welcome food for thought." -- Doody's Life Sciences Book Review

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Reviewer: Michael Easton, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a thought-provoking book on the developments in psychiatry since the 1950s, both good and bad, and how they have affected present-day practice and the future course of psychiatry.
Purpose: It brings together a number of internationally recognized experts in research and clinical treatment. The goal is not to review the scientific literature in each area, but to integrate the contributors' personal and professional perspectives on the evolution of psychiatry in their respective areas since the 1950s.
Audience: The audience includes a wide range of mental health providers, psychiatrists and allied mental health professionals. It is also intended for lay readers who wish to better understand the present day role of psychiatry. Lastly, the book will give trainees and younger clinicians a perspective of the dramatic changes in psychiatry over the past 60 years.
Features: Each of the 21 chapters provides an author's perspective of his or her area of expertise. The main themes are the move to a more neuroscience-oriented perspective, the expanding field of neurogenetics, the shifting of power relations in psychiatry, and the proliferation of diagnoses and treatments for psychiatric conditions. Chapters cover general areas in the history of psychiatry, health legislation, defining and classifying mental illness, and past and present ethical dilemmas. Chapters also cover the changes in specific areas such as schizophrenia, geriatric psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, trauma, addiction, forensics, psychopharmacology, brain stimulation, and psychodynamic psychiatry.
Assessment: This is thought-provoking reading for all mental health professionals. Readers may not agree with every expert's opinion, but the book provides welcome food for thought.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199638963
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
06/24/2014
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Sidney Bloch, Emeritus Professor and Honorary Consultant, University of Melbourne and St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia,Stephen A. Green, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington DC, USA,Jeremy Holmes, School of Psychology, University of Exeter, UK

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