Psychosomatic Medicine: An Introduction to Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

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Psychosomatic medicine or consultation-liaison psychiatry is the branch of psychiatry that focuses on the mental health issues which accompany, or develop as a result of, other medical disorders. This subdiscipline forms an important part of training in psychiatry. This book provides an ideal first exposure to the inseparable nature of physical and psychological health and illness, and a comprehensive introduction to the broad range of disorders seen on the psychiatric consult service. Organized into a series of bitesized chapters, each focusing on a typical consult question, this handbook provides a practical and portable reference which should set both strategy and tactics for the next generation of consulting psychiatrists. Essential reading for medical students, psychiatry residents and psychosomatic fellows, this manual will provide immediate, in-the-field guidance on the evaluation and management of common consultation requests.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Sheila Lahijani, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a collaborative effort by psychiatrists to present the relevant and challenging topics of psychosomatic medicine. The book delivers the information in an easy to use format and functions as an excellent guide for those who are charting the waters of consultation-liaison psychiatry.
Purpose: The purpose is to present and explain the commonly encountered areas of psychosomatic medicine.
Audience: Clinicians at all levels who are directly involved in consultation-liaison psychiatry are the intended audience, but the book also serves as a tool for those who are less well versed in psychosomatic medicine.
Features: Each chapter begins with at least one typical consult question that serves as the foundation for that chapter. Chapters are well written and organized, include useful tables and figures, and references for additional information. The book covers areas that commonly are associated with comorbid psychiatric diseases, such as hepatitis C, HIV, and metabolic diseases. It effectively presents these complicated issues to help readers get a better understanding without overwhelming them.
Assessment: This book accomplishes the goal of presenting and explaining noteworthy topics in caring for medically and psychiatrically ill patients. While its ideal audience is made up of those working on the forefront of psychosomatic medicine, this book would benefit clinicians in all specialties.
From the Publisher
"This is a collaborative effort by psychiatrists to present the relevant and challenging topics of psychosomatic medicine. The book delivers the information in an easy to use format and functions as an excellent guide for those who are charting the waters of consultation-liaison psychiatry....While its ideal audience is made up of those working on the forefront of psychosomatic medicine, this book would benefit clinicians in all specialties."
—Doody's Review Service
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521106658
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/2010
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

James J. Amos is Staff Psychiatrist, Dean Medical Center, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

Robert G. Robinson is the Paul W. Penningroth Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Iowa, USA.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgements x

List of contributors xi

1 The consultation process Jeanne M. Lackamp 1

2 Assessing capacity in the medically ill: I don't want to! Mary J. Fitz-Gerald 15

3 The difficult patient encounter: understanding what just happened Raheel A. Khan Mary J. Fitz-Gerald 22

4 Psychopharmacology in the medically ill Sanjeev Sockalingam Adrienne Tan Susan E. Abbey 32

5 Suicide risk assessment James J. Amos 51

6 Assessment and management of the violent patient James J. Amos 58

7 Evaluation and management of delirium John Querques Carlos Fernandez- Rables Davin Quinn Megan Moore Brennan Gregory Fricchione 64

8 Management of somatoform disorders Kathy Coffman 73

9 Managing factitious disorder and malingering James J. Amos 82

10 Agitation in patients with dementia Debra R. Kahn Raheel A. Khan James A. Bourgeois 89

11 Depression and heart disease Jess G. Fiedorowicz 100

12 Management of post-stroke depression Robert G. Robinson Sergio E. Starkstein Romina Mizrahi 107

13 Psychiatric aspects of Parkinson's disease Joanne A. Byars Laura Marsh 116

14 Managing depression in traumatic brain injury Oludamilola Salami Vani Rao 126

15 Managing psychiatric aspects of seizure disorders Alex Thompson 134

16 Distress and depression in cancer care Janeta Tansey Donna Greenberg 143

17 Depression in the patient with hepatitis C Joseph A. Locala 153

18 Psychiatric aspects of AIDS Mary Ann Cohen 163

19 Managing depression and renal failure Thomas W. Heinrich 174

20 Management of psychiatric syndromes due to endocrine and metabolic diseases James J. Amos Jaspreet Chahal 184

21 Management of alcohol withdrawal and other selected substance withdrawal issues Philip A. Bialer Anthony C. Miller 193

22 Managing depression in pregnancy Robin C. Kopelman 202

23 Psychiatric aspects of organ transplantation Michael Marcangelo Catherine Crone 210

24 Preoperative psychiatric evaluation for bariatric surgery Kathy Coffman 216

25 Psychiatric care at the end of life: hospice and palliative medicine Michelle Weckmann 226

26 Demoralization in the medical setting Marcus Wellen Thomas Wise 235

27 Psychotherapy for the hospitalized medically ill patient Scott Temple Scott Stuart 242

28 Children's reactions and consequences of illness and hospitalization and transition of care from pediatric to adult settings Susan Turkel Maryland Pao 249

Index 259

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