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Seminars in General Adult Psychiatry (second edition)

Edited by George Stein and Greg Wilkinson

Price: £65.00

Members' discount available

Published: Apr 2007

Format: A4 Hardback

Number of pages: 834

ISBN: 9781904671442

Seminars in General Adult Psychiatry (second edition)

Part of the College Seminars Series.

This second edition of Seminars in General Adult Psychiatry provides a highly readable and comprehensive account of modern adult psychiatry. More than nine years have passed since the publication of the first edition, and significant advances have been made in almost every area of psychiatry. This single volume assimilates these modern developments and their effects on clinical practice. To achieve this has meant incorporating more than 4000 references, with many of the more important studies being described in some detail so as to provide the reader with some of the original data on which modern evidence-based medicine depends.

Key features of the first edition that have been retained are the detailed clinical descriptions of psychiatric disorders, and historical sections to give the reader access to the classic studies of psychiatry as well as the current evidence. Additional topics covered here for the first time include liaison psychiatry, psychosexual medicine, clinical epidemiology, and international and cultural psychiatry. Clinical management is given due prominence, with extensive accounts of modern drug management, cognitive therapy, the main psychosocial approaches, and current guidelines such as those published by NICE.

An essential text for trainees studying for their MRCPsych, this book is also a one-stop reference work for established practitioners.

  • Comprehensive coverage of the whole of adult psychiatry.
  • Detailed clinical descriptions of both common and rare psychiatric disorders.
  • Accounts of the history, epidemiology, diagnosis and clinical management of all the broad categories of disorder.
  • An evidence-based approach.
  • New chapters on liaison psychiatry, clinical epidemiology, psychosexual medicine, and international and cultural psychiatry.
  • Easy to read, with more than 260 tables and boxes summarising key information.
  • New compact, single-volume format.

~ Highly Commended for the Mental Health prize of the 2008 BMA Medical Book Competition ~

"If you want to prepare a lecture, look up an unusual case or check out the literature in any area of general psychiatry, this is your book.  It is clearly written and designed, as fresh as any textbook can be, and should be on any general adult consultant psychiatrist's desk, given its comprehensive and accessible nature."

British Journal of Hospital Medicine

"This is a key text on general adult psychiatry which is relied upon by psychiatry trainees. Overall, this second edition is a great improvement on the first edition and is presented in a way that enables much better use to be made of it as a key text and reference book."

2008 BMA Medical Book Competition Programme

"As a textbook for the specialism of general adult psychiatry it serves its purpose well.  For trainees proceeding to the MRCPsych in particular it is a worthwhile purchase. ...My review copy, it's worth noting, has gone straight from my desk to my trainee's as he prepares for his exams."

The British Journal of Psychiatry

"This is a great book...both interesting to read and covers all the necessary aspects of that broadest of topics, general adult psychiatry. ...Remarkably detailed, easy to use, and surprisingly up-to-date intellectual resource."

British Journal of Hospital Medicine


List of tables, boxes and figures

List of contributors

Preface to the second edition

Preface to the first edition


1. Clinical features of depressive disorders - Alan Lee

2. Mania, bipolar disorder and their treatment - John Cookson

3. The causes of depression - Kezia Lange and Anne Farmer

4. Drug treatment of depression - Morris Bernadt

5. Electroconvulsive therapy and other physical therapies - Arun Jha

6. Psychological treatment of depression - Stirling Moorey

7. Suicide and non-fatal deliberate self-harm - Christopher A. Vassilas, Gethin Morgan, John Owen and George Tadros

8. Schizophrenia: the clinical picture - Peter F. Liddle

9. Schizoaffective, paranoid and other psychoses - Clive Mellor

10. The aetiology of schizophrenia - Pak Sham, Peter Woodruff, Michael Hunter and Julian Leff

11. The pharmacological management of schizophrenia - Amlan Basu, Jerson Pereira and Katherine J. Aitchison

12. Schizophrenia: psychological and social approaches to treatment and care - Frank Holloway and George Stein

13. Anxiety disorders - Spilios Argyropoulos, Adam Campbell and George Stein

14. Phobias - Lynne M. Drummond and Naomi A. Fineberg

15. Obsessive–compulsive disorder - Lynne M. Drummond and Naomi A. Fineberg

16. Conversion and dissociative disorders, hypochondriasis and chronic pain - Tom Brown and Harold Merskey

17. Psychiatry in the general hospital - Hiroko Akagi and Allan House

18. Clinical features of the personality and impulse control disorders - Patricia Casey

19. Treatment and outcome of the personality disorders - Michael Stone

20. Organic psychiatric disorders - Robin Jacobson, Irshaad Ebrahim and Michael Kopelman

21. Psychiatric aspects of neurological disorders - Jonathan Bird and Danny Rogers

22. Toxic, metabolic and endocrine disorders - Roger Howells

23. Sleep disorders - Gregory Stores and Irshaad Ebrahim

24. Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa - Janet Treasure

25. Perinatal psychiatric disorders - George Stein

26. Psychosexual medicine for psychiatrists - Peter Trigwell and Gill Kirk

27. Clinical epidemiology - Matthew Hotopf

28. Principles of nosology - Anne Farmer and Muna Adwa

29. Mental health services - Rosalind Ramsay and Frank Holloway

30. Psychiatry in general practice - Greg Wilkinson

31. Cultural and international psychiatry - Vikram Patel and George Stein  



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