Psychiatric Polarities: Methodology and Practice

Psychiatric Polarities: Methodology and Practice

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Psychiatric Polarities: Methodology and Practice by Phillip R. Slavney MD, Paul R. McHugh MD

In this companion volume to their widely acclaimed Perspectives of Psychiatry, Phillip R. Slavney, M.D., and Paul R. McHugh, M.D., argue that the discontinuity of brain and mind is the source of much of psychiatry’s discord, for it leads psychiatrists to think about their discipline in terms of polar opposites: conscious or unconscious; explanation or understanding; paternalism or autonomy. Psychiatric Polarities brings together the history of ideas and such clinical issues as suicide and bipolar disorder to identify, describe, and debate these and other polar oppositions that arise from psychiatry’s inherent ambiguity.

There is no single conceptual perspective that is sufficient for all of psychiatry’s concerns, Slavney and McHugh observe, yet it is both possible and necessary to transcend the denominational conflicts that plague the field. In Psychiatric Polarities, their examination of these conflicts demonstrates how a methodological approach can help to resolve disagreements rooted in partisan commitments.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421419770
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 02/19/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Phillip R. Slavney, M.D., is the Eugene Meyer III Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Paul R. McHugh, M.D., is a University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry and a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.


Phillip R. Slavney, M.D., is Eugene Meyer III Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is the author of Perspectives on "Hysteria" and co-author, with Paul R. McHugh, M.D., of The Perspectives of Psychiatry, also available from Johns Hopkins.
Paul R. McHugh, M.D., is the Henry Phipps Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus, the former director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the coauthor of The Perspectives of Psychiatry, also available from Johns Hopkins. He was selected by President George W. Bush to sit on the Presidential Council on Bioethics and by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to be on their National Review Board for the elimination of the sexual abuse of children by clergy.

Table of Contents

Preface
Part 1 The Ambiguity of Psychiatry
1. Psychiatry's Domain
2. Mind & Brain
Part 2 Attempting ot Dea with Ambiguity
3. Explanation & Understanding
4. Conscious & Unconscious
Part 3 Implications of Ambiguity for the Conduct of Psychiatrists
5. Hebraic & Hellenic
6. Patient & Client
7. Autonomy & Paternalism
Part 4 Conclusion
8. The Ambiguity of Psychiatry
Notes
Index

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