Oxford Handbook of Psychiatry

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OUP Oxford, 2009 M03 26 - 977 pages
The Oxford Handbook of Psychiatry provides comprehensive coverage of all major psychiatric conditions and sub-specialities. It is aimed at psychiatric trainees, medical students studying psychiatry, trainees entering individual psychiatric sub-specialities, consultant psychiatrists, general practitioners and other health-care professionals who come into contact with psychiatric patients. It provides detailed and practical advice on the management of psychiatric disorders, in-depth coverage of psychiatric assessment, psychopathology, evidence-based practice, mental health and capacity legislation in the British Isles, difficult and urgent situations, transcultural psychiatry, and therapeutic issues. The new edition features a completely updated legal section with coverage of the new English mental health act, updated coverage of the Scottish mental health act and new coverage of incapacity legislation in England, Wales and Scotland, a completely updated section on schizophrenia, and the addition of new drugs and new clinical guidance from recognized institutions such as NICE. It also includes specialist chapters on learning disabilities, psychotherapy and child psychiatry reviewed and revised by specialist registrars currently working in the fields. The book is internally cross-referenced and has both key references to important papers and to further information resources. As well as being indexed alphabetically, it is also indexed by ICD-10 / DSM-IV codes, and there is a quick index for acute presentations. This handbook is practical and didactic in style, designed to provide portable reassurance to doctors beginning psychiatry. There is helpful advice for the management of difficult and urgent situations, and the text is peppered with clinical observations on the practice of clinical psychiatry and guidance based upon the experience of the authors.

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2 Psychiatric assessment
3 Symptoms of psychiatric illness
4 Evidencebased psychiatry
5 Organic illness
6 Schizophrenia and related psychoses
7 Depressive illness
8 Bipolar illness
9 Anxiety and stressrelated disorders
16 Child and adolescent psychiatry
17 Forensic psychiatry
18 Learning disability
19 Liaison psychiatry
20 Psychotherapy
21 Legal issues
22 Transcultural psychiatry
23 Therapeutic issues

10 Eating and impulsecontrol disorders
11 Sleep disorders
12 Reproductive psychiatry sexual dysfunction and sexuality
13 Personality disorders
14 Old age psychiatry
15 Substance misuse
24 Difficult and urgent situations
25 Useful resources
26 ICD10DSMIV index

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Dr Roger Smyth was born and educated in Belfast, Northern Ireland and came to Scotland to study Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. He trained in Psychiatry in South East Scotland. Together with a group of friends and colleagues he wrote the first edition of the Oxford Handbook of Psychiatry. Dr Smyth took up his first Consultant Psychiatrist post in St John's Hospital, Livingston in 2004, and moved to the Department of Psychological Medicine at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in 2006 to specialise in Liaison Psychiatry. Dr David Semple was born and educated in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, studying Medicine at the University of Edinburgh from 1987-1992. He trained in Psychiatry in the Borders/South East Scotland during which time he conducted research funded by Wellcome into the long-term effects of ecstasy. During his time as a Lecturer/Specialist Registrar based at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital/University of Edinburgh he wrote the first edition of the Oxford Handbook of Psychiatry with a group of friends including close collaborator Dr Roger Smyth. Dr Semple was appointed to his current post as a Consultant General Adult Psychiatrist at Hairmyres Hospital in 2004.

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