A Primer of Clinical Psychiatry

By

  • David Castle, David Castle MBChB, MSc, MD, DLSHTM, FRCPsych, FRANZCP; Professor, Chair of Psychiatry, St Vincent's Hospital, The University of Melbourne, Victoria
  • David Castle, David Castle MBChB, MSc, MD, DLSHTM, FRCPsych, FRANZCP; Professor, Chair of Psychiatry, St Vincent's Hospital, The University of Melbourne, Victoria
  • Darryl Bassett, Darryl Bassett MBBS, BSc, FRANZCP, Dip Psychother; Consultant Psychiatrist, Perth, Western Australia
  • Darryl Bassett, Darryl Bassett MBBS, BSc, FRANZCP, Dip Psychother; Consultant Psychiatrist, Perth, Western Australia

This is a text book of clinical psychiatry that is concise yet comprehensive, up to date, and readily accessible. It aims to be an easy entry to the pertinent facts of clinical psychiatry for medical students and students of mental health disciplines; a resource for established clinicians, including GPs; and also a brief yet thorough overview for the more advanced psychiatric trainee or mental health professional.  There is a particular focus on providing simple clinical tips. Liberal use of fact boxes and summary lists ensures readers will have at their fingertips the facts required for undergraduate OSCE exams in clinical psychiatry (an appendix provides explicit examples), as well as equipping more advanced readers with the basic knowledge underpinning post-graduate exams in clinical psychiatry and related allied health disciplines.  To effect coherence of approach and minimal overlap between chapters, the bulk of the text has been written by two authors who are experienced psychiatrists with expertise in a broad range of clinical and research areas. Introductory chapters cover the psychiatric interview and mental state and clinical investigations relevant to psychiatry. The second section is an overview of all of the major syndromes of psychiatry, covering epidemiology, aetiology and clinical aspects, and including discussion of specific treatment approaches. A separate section reviews more generally, biological and psychosocial aspects of treatment in psychiatry, with worked case examples.
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Book information

  • Published: March 2010
  • Imprint: CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE
  • ISBN: 978-0-7295-7903-2


Table of Contents

Part 1 The tools of psychiatry

1 The psychiatric interview and mental state assessment

2 The physical examination and investigations relevant to psychiatry

Part 2 The syndromes of psychiatry

3 Classification

4 Organic psychiatry

5 Schizophrenia and related disorders

6 Depressive disorders

7 Bipolar and related disorders

8 Anxiety and post-traumatic disorders

9 The obsessive-compulsive spectrum

10 Eating disorders

11 Somatisation and the somatoform disorders

12 Personality disorders

Part 3 Treatments

13 Biological treatments

14 The psychotherapies

15 Dealing with psychiatric emergencies

Part 4 Special groups

16 Child and adolescent psychiatry

17 Old age psychiatry

18 Forensic psychiatry and risk assessment

19 Dual disability

20 Substance use disorders

Appendix

Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) in psychiatry