Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry, Shorter
- 6th Ed.
- © Oxford University Press
- Paul Harrison; Philip Cowen; Tom Burns
- ISBN-10: 0-19-960561-0 / ISBN-13: 978-0-19-960561-3
- Psychiatry, Public Health
Widely recognized as the standard text for trainee psychiatrists, the Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry stands head and shoulders above the competition. Written by three of the most experienced clinicians and researchers in European psychiatry and neuroscience, the text has been honed over five editions and displays a fluency, authority and insight which is not only rarely found but makes the process of assimilating information as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
The book provides an introduction to all the clinical topics required by the trainee psychiatrist, including all the sub-specialties and major psychiatric conditions. Throughout, the authors emphasize the basic clinical skills required for the full assessment and understanding of the patient. Discussion of treatment includes not only scientific evidence, but also practical problems in the management of individual patients. The text emphasizes an evidence-based approach to practice and gives full attention to ethical and legal issues. Introductory chapters focus on recognition of signs and symptoms, classification and diagnosis, psychiatric assessment, and etiology. Further chapters cover both pharmacological and psychological treatments in detail. The book gives equal prominence given to ICD and DSM classification - often with direct comparisons - giving the book a universal appeal.
The sixth edition has been revised throughout, but in particular with respect to the fast moving fields of neuroscience and genetics. In addition, the book now includes greater coverage of the field of social psychiatry - looking at how more community based services are being developed, and the effects these are having on the field of psychiatry. The Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry remains the most up-to-date secondary level textbook of psychiatry available, with the new edition boasting a new modern design and greater use of summary boxes, tables, and lists than ever before. The extensive bibliography has been brought up-to-date and there are targeted reading lists for each chapter.
- • The Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry is authored by three of the most experienced clinicians and researchers in European psychiatry and neuroscience, providing a coherence and uniformity and balance that is seldom achieved in edited volumes.
- • Now in its sixth edition, the content has continually been refined over the years; resulting in a book that gives the reader exactly the material they need.
- • Now includes more coverage of the field of social psychiatry - a field growing in importance and influence - with the expansion in community mental health services.
- • The book is strong on practical, evidence-based guidance as well as providing succinct analyses of clinical and scientific foundations.
- • The Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry has always been an authored, rather than edited, book. This has numerous benefits for the reader - in particular a coherence and uniformity and balance that is seldom achieved in edited volumes.
- • The 6th edition includes more coverage on social psychiatry (as a result of the presence of Tom Burns in the authorship).
- • Includes more on psychiatric services and community mental health teams.
- • Updated to include the latest developments in the fast moving fields of genetics and neuroscience, showing the influence these are having on the field of psychiatry.
Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials
"This is a valuable addition to the psychiatric literature since its main focus is to emphasize evidence-based approaches. It can be used worldwide as it includes both DSM and ICD classifications often with direct comparisons."
-- Marcos Modiano-Esquenazi, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
The 'Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry' fulfills all the study and revision needs of psychiatric trainees, but will also prove useful to medical students, GPs, qualified psychiatrists, and those in related fields who need to be kept informed with current psychiatric practice.