Schizophrenia: Current science and clinical practice

Schizophrenia: Current science and clinical practice

by Wolfgang Gaebel
     
 

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The first book in a new series from the World Psychiatric Association, Schizophrenia: current science and clinical practice presents recent information on the diagnosis, neurobiological foundations, and management of schizophrenia. It evaluates the findings obtained with modern techniques like magnetic resonance imaging, genetics and network analyses. See more details below

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The first book in a new series from the World Psychiatric Association, Schizophrenia: current science and clinical practice presents recent information on the diagnosis, neurobiological foundations, and management of schizophrenia. It evaluates the findings obtained with modern techniques like magnetic resonance imaging, genetics and network analyses.  The book reviews the importance of neurocognitive functioning in schizophrenia and its predictive value for functional capacity.  It covers the key areas of early recognition, prevention, rehabilitation and stigma.  There is also a critical discussion of diagnostic classification and the revision of the two major international systems. 

Written by experts in the field who have a track record of being engaging authors, this book provides a rapid overview of the current state of the art in schizophrenia research and clinical management.  It will be invaluable to all psychiatrists, psychologists, neuropharmacologists, researchers in psychiatry and psychopharmacology in academia and in industry, and clinical and behavioural neuroscientists.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Professor Gaebel and contributing authors are to be congratulated for this outstanding text.”  (Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 6 June 2012)

"Nonetheless, Schizophrenia: Current Science and Clinical Practice will be an asset to those who are seeking a current and sophisticated synthesis of the field, combined with stimulating discussions of some pivotal controversies in both research and treatment. Gaebel has assembled a distinguished group of contributors who are more than up to the task of grappling with the challenge of discerning the implications of cutting-edge research for clinical intervention." (PsycCRITIQUES, 11 January 2012)

"I am not in a position to comment on most chapters, as I am not an expert in those fields, but all I can say is that I learnt a lot and that the book provided me with a good overview on different aspects of what we commonly call schizophrenia." (Acta Psychiatr Scandinavica, 2012)

"The first chapter is an excellent and factual review of the diagnosis and classification systems that highlights the major validity issues. . .This new book is useful and current." (Doody's, 30 September 2011)

"The book will be of interest to psychiatrists, psychologists, neuropharmacologists, researchers in psychiatry and psychopharmacology, and clinical and behavioral neuroscientists." (Book News, 1 August 2011)

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Reviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, DO, MA (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: The current concept of schizophrenia is likely to include multiple phenotypically overlapping syndromes and diseases, and schizophrenia can no longer be considered a unitary entity. Any research or clinical recommendations that do not take this heterogeneity seriously has, in my opinion, outlived its usefulness. This book does, for the most part, incorporate the issues of validity and heterogeneity - although many of the chapters use the unitary concept as a default. Written and edited by internationally recognized clinician-researchers in the field, it is a valuable contribution to the psychiatric literature.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the editors, is to provide "updated information on the diagnosis, the neurobiological foundations, and the management of schizophrenia, including aspects ranging from aetiology and pathophysiology to early recognition and treatment." As I noted, you could see the unitary concept creep back!
Audience: The intended audience includes "psychiatrists, psychologists, neuropharmacologists, researchers in psychiatry and psychopharmacology in academia and in industry, and clinical and behavioural neuroscientists."
Features: The first chapter is an excellent and factual review of the diagnosis and classification systems that highlights the major validity issues. The second chapter, which covers the pathophysiological findings in schizophrenia, unfortunately mainly defaults to the unitary concept. Chapter 3 reviews the literature on neurocognition, social cognition, and functional outcome, which are ways to begin the fractionation of the unitary concept, although the authors do not specifically address this issue. The genetics of schizophrenia is covered in chapter 4, which acknowledges that "the genetic architecture of schizophrenia is complex...." The pharmacology of schizophrenia is covered in the next chapter, which notes the unfortunate limitations of available psychotropic medications and the lack of real advances, but proposes strategies to move forward. The two concluding chapters are excellent reviews of cognitive-behavioral interventions and rehabilitation. Each chapter concludes with pertinent and timely citations of the relevant scientific literature.
Assessment: This new book is useful and current. It covers the important aspects of schizophrenia and it is a worthwhile read, for the most part!

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470979310
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/09/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
File size:
2 MB

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From the Publisher
“Professor Gaebel and contributing authors are to be congratulated for this outstanding text.” (Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 6 June 2012)

"Nonetheless, Schizophrenia: Current Science and Clinical Practice will be an asset to those who are seeking a current and sophisticated synthesis of the field, combined with stimulating discussions of some pivotal controversies in both research and treatment. Gaebel has assembled a distinguished group of contributors who are more than up to the task of grappling with the challenge of discerning the implications of cutting-edge research for clinical intervention." (PsycCRITIQUES, 11 January 2012)

"I am not in a position to comment on most chapters, as I am not an expert in those fields, but all I can say is that I learnt a lot and that the book provided me with a good overview on different aspects of what we commonly call schizophrenia." (Acta Psychiatr Scandinavica, 2012)

"The first chapter is an excellent and factual review of the diagnosis and classification systems that highlights the major validity issues. . .This new book is useful and current." (Doody's, 30 September 2011)

"The book will be of interest to psychiatrists, psychologists, neuropharmacologists, researchers in psychiatry and psychopharmacology, and clinical and behavioral neuroscientists." (Book News, 1 August 2011)

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