Theory and Practice of Psychiatry / Edition 1

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Based on years of teaching psychiatry to medical students and residents, this single-authored textbook offers a conversational yet detailed guide to modern psychiatric theory and practice. Exploring various approaches to psychiatric disorders - including neurobiology, dimensional personality assessment, behavioral science, and psychodynamic and cognitive theories - it lucidly illustrates each approach's strengths and weaknesses and suggests how clinicians can interweave them in working with patients. Using clinical vignettes and recent research findings to illustrate the connections between phenomenology, pathophysiology, and treatment, it covers all of the major psychiatric disorders and includes tables listing their DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria. The book offers balanced coverage of subjects that receive scant attention in other introductory textbooks, including the limitations of the DSM-IV categorical approach to psychiatric diagnosis, controversies surrounding the dissociative disorders and "recovered memories," and the prescription of stimulant medications to children with suspected attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Later chapters provide practical guidelines for estimating a patient's risk of suicide and violence and for assessing competence to consent to medical or psychiatric treatment. In eschewing a dry recitation of clinical syndromes for an engaging discussion aimed at teaching the reader how to "think psychiatrically," the book will appeal to medical students, psychiatric residents, mental health clinicians, and primary care physicians.

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"I believe that this text has a really good chance of competing for departmental usage in the USA because it offers what the competing texts do not-namely a structure for thinking in psychiatry beyond description and DSM-IV operationalism...well-organized and comprehensive for medical students...a fine book."--Paul McHugh, MD, Henry Phipps Professor of Psychiatry, Director, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Psychiatrist-in-Chief, the Johns Hopkins Hospital

"This is the best single-authored text for medical students I have read. In fact, I would be happy if residents knew all that was in this book. It is well-organized,comprehensive, very up-to-date, clearly written, with an historical perspective. The case examples and the tables amplify the text considerably. The most important aspect of the book, however, is that the author has taken the mystery out of psychiatric disorders. The presentation of psychiatric disorders is balanced and comprehensive rather than reductionistic. The result is a clear guide that demonstrates how contemporary psychiatrists conceptualize the increasing complexity of psychiatric disorders."--Gary J. Tucker, MD, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine

". . . a remarkable achievement. Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of this work is that it is a single-authored comprehensive textbook of general psychiatry. Dr. Cohen, an award-winning teacher . . . notes that he aimed "to maintain a conversational tone throughout." He has succeeded, so much so that his stated goal--that students might read this text "from cover to cover"--is in no way ridiculous. Each chapter has clear exposition and organization . . . this is a book filled with information about psychiatric disorders that is supported by recent research studies . . . In summary, I will again state that Theory and Practice of Psychiatry is a remarkable achievement. I express my profound admiration for Dr. Cohen for having, on his own, mastered so much of the psychiatric literature and summarized it in this book so clearly." --Ronald O. Rieder, M.D. in The American Journal of Psychiatry

"It is a brave person who, in this era of rapid scientific change, undertakes writing a textbook of psychiatry. But Cohenhas done it in impressive detail in a volume directed to medical students." -Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

". . . an outstanding contribution to our literature, well-suited for medical students and others interested in a general introduction to psychiatry. I found it to be readable from front to back or one chapter at a time depending on one's needs. The text is unique, as it represents the work of a single author, who cogently articulates a systematic approach to psychiatry . . . modern in its approach, up to date, and very readable. I intend to recommend it very highly to directors of medical student education and residency training. As a psychiatrist in full-time clinical practice, I found it highly useful and thoughtful. Dr. Cohen's writing is characterized by clarity, compassion and coherence." --Alan M. Gruenberg in Psychological Medicine

"Theory and Practice of Psychiatry is an academic treasure. It provides a comprehensive review of contemporary psychiatry. Whether discussing the disease models for psychiatry, the life story theories, dimensions of personality, or behavioral issues which present to psychiatrists, the volume offers an organized and clinically useful approach to understanding the issues, salient research findings, and treatments for the disorders within psychiatry. As a single-authored text it avoids the overlap and uneveness of many multi-authored texts. This book will allow the reader to integrate all the perspectives of psychiatry. It should be in the personal library of all psychiatrists whether they are at the level of resident or seasoned clinician."--homas N. Wise, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

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Reviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, DO, MA (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: Written and edited by an educator, this new introductory textbook of psychiatry is a valuable contribution to the field.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the author, is to "describe an approach to psychiatry — its theory, its practice, and the relationship between the two." The author intends to provide a "scaffolding" so that readers will be able to link together diverse concepts offered by their teachers. The author has succeeded in this goal.
Audience: The intended audience includes medical students, psychiatry residents, practicing physicians, psychologists, and social workers.
Features: The book is divided into 20 chapters, including reference and index sections. The first several chapters cover psychiatric assessment, diagnostic, and formulation issues. The middle chapters cover neurobiology, delirium, dementia, and the specific psychiatric syndromes. The last several chapters review broader topics such as suicide, violence, psychotherapy, childhood disorders, and forensic psychiatry. The chapter on schizophrenia is comprehensive and up-to-date, but childhood disorders are only superficially covered and the information, unfortunately is not up-to-date, i.e., the genetics of Rett syndrome are not acknowledged. The index section is helpful.
Assessment: Except for this shortcoming, this is a good and solid introductory textbook of psychiatry. I would recommend it for a second year medical school psychopathology course and for medical students on a psychiatry clerkship.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195149388
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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University of Virginia
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Table of Contents

1. Mental Life and Its Assessment
2. The Psychiatric Evaluation
3. Psychiatric Formulation from Multiple Perspectives
4. Clinical Neurobiology from Multiple Perspectives
5. Delirium
6. Dementia
7. Mood Disorders
8. Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders
9. Anxiety Disorders
10. Personality Disorders
11. Eating Disorders
12. Substance-Related Disorders
13. Somatoform Disorders
14. Dissociative Disorders
15. Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders
16. Suicide
17. Violence
18. Psychotherapy
19. Childhood Disorders
20. Forensic Psychiatry

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