Psychiatry: A Very Short Introduction

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Psychiatry is increasingly a part of everyday life. The growing number of patients being diagnosed with depression, ADD, alcoholism, and other illnesses mean that few people are not touched by it. This book provides a valuable and comprehensible introduction to the subject. It starts with the history of its development as a scientific field, including the identification of major mental illnesses, the rise and fall of the asylum system, and the flourishing of psychoanalysis and other psychotherapies. More than any...

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Overview

Psychiatry is increasingly a part of everyday life. The growing number of patients being diagnosed with depression, ADD, alcoholism, and other illnesses mean that few people are not touched by it. This book provides a valuable and comprehensible introduction to the subject. It starts with the history of its development as a scientific field, including the identification of major mental illnesses, the rise and fall of the asylum system, and the flourishing of psychoanalysis and other psychotherapies. More than any other branch of medicine, psychiatry has been attacked and criticized. There is a long list of perceived horrors—patient abuse, bizarre medical experiments, mind-control by evil governments, coercion by maniacal hypnotists. Modern psychiatry brings with it new controversies, such as the perceived over-prescription of antidepressants and behavior modifiers for children and teens, or unchecked marketing power of drug companies. This book does not draw conclusions on these issues, but rather provides the reader with a clear understanding of what psychiatry is, and what it does, so that they can draw their own. It is a great reference for anyone with an interest in mental illness and its treatment, students of psychiatry, medicine, psychology, and history of science, and health professionals.

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"An awful lot of information is packed into this short and very readable text written by the professor of Social Psychiatry at Oxford University...The absolute bonus of this book is its compact and neat size which means it can be tucked away in a jacket pocket and dipped into in an idle moment! If you are looking to refine or extend your understanding of the seemingly dark arts of psychiatry, then I can recommend this to you."--David Haldane, Occupational Medicine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192807274
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/30/2006
  • Series: Very Short Introductions Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 578,917
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Burns is Professor of Social Psychiatry at the University of Oxford and a practicing consultant psychiatrist in the National Health Service.

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Table of Contents

1. What is Psychiatry?
2. Asylums and the origins of psychiatry
3. Psychoanalysis and psychotherapy
4. Care in the Community
5. Psychiatry under attack - inside and out
6. Open to abuse
7. Into the 21st Century

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