Pocket Essentials of Psychiatry - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780702048104

Pocket Essentials of Psychiatry

3rd Edition

Authors: Basant Puri
eBook ISBN: 9780702048104
Imprint: Saunders Ltd.


Thoroughly revised and updated, the third edition of Pocket Essentials of Psychiatry by Professor Basant K. Puri now includes:

  • Recent new drugs

  • New drug names

  • Details of the mini mental-state examination, caffeine intoxication, child abuse, rTMS, phototherapy, VNS and the McNaughten Rules

  • Increased section on Questions and Answers for the Final Medicine Examination

  • More of the various forms of psychotherapy

  • Expanded chapter on forensic psychiatry

Part of the very popular Kumar & Clark family, this portable and compact book has a wide readership among medical students, trainee and practising psychiatrists, and GPs, as well as trainee and practising mental-health social workers and psychiatric nurses. It is very useful for exam revision and as a handy reference on the ward, with important points highlighted in lists and diagrams.

From a student review of the previous edition:
'Being a medical student, you only have a few weeks to study Psychiatry ... Puri's Pocket Essentials of Psychiatry is probably the best for the beginner. The text is well structured, and diagnostic criteria for some improtant diseases, such as schizophrenia and BAD, are provided, while for some less important diseases the text is core and concise. The size is suitable for you to bring to the ward for grand rounds; when the professor is looking at the case notes, you can revise what you learn using this pocket-sized book. It makes your life easier during the Psychiatry module.'

Table of Contents

  1. Case presentation
    2. Signs and symptoms of psychiatric disorder
    3. Organic psychiatry
    4. Psychoactive substance use disorders
    5. Schizophrenia, delusional disorders and schizoaffective disorders
    6. Mood disorders
    7. Neurotic, stress-related and somatoform disorders
    8. Eating disorders
    9. Psychosexual and gender disorders
    10. Personality disorders
    11. Child and adolescent psychiatry
    12. People with learning disability (mental retardation)
    13. Psychiatry of the elderly
    14. Suicide and parasuicide
    15. Disorders associated with menstruation and pregnancy
    16. Treatments
    17. Transcultural psychiatry
    18. Forensic psychiatry
    Final Medicine Examination: Questions and Answers
    Appendix 1. Mental health legislation
    Appendix 2. ICD-10 classification
    Appendix 3. DSM-IV-TR classification


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About the Author

Basant Puri

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Honorary Consultant in Psychiatry and Imaging, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London and Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK