Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry (7th edition)

ISBN : 9780198747437

Philip Cowen; Mina Fazel; Paul Harrison; Tom Burns
944 Pages
189 x 246 mm
Pub date
Oct 2017
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Widely recognized as the standard text for trainee psychiatrists, the Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry stands head and shoulders above the competition. The text has been honed over seven editions, displaying a fluency, authority, and insight rarely found in textbooks which makes the process of assimilating information effective and enjoyable. The book provides an introduction to all the clinical topics, sub-specialties, and major psychiatric conditions required by the trainee psychiatrist. Throughout, the authors emphasize the basic clinical skills required for full assessment and understanding of the patient. Discussion of treatment includes not only scientific evidence, but also practical problems in the management of patients in a family and social context. Full attention to ethical and legal issues is given within the evidence-based approach to practice provided in the text. Introductory chapters focus on recognition of signs and symptoms, classification and diagnosis, psychiatric assessment, and aetiology. Further chapters deal with all the major psychiatric syndromes, as well as providing detailed coverage of pharmacological and psychological treatments. The book gives equal prominence to ICD and DSM classifications - often with direct comparisons - making the book relevant to the practice of psychiatry throughout the world. Boasting greater use of summary boxes, tables, and lists within a new modern design, the Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry remains the most up-to-date secondary level textbook of psychiatry available. The extensive bibliography has been brought up-to-date and there are targeted reading lists for each chapter. The Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry fulfils 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.


1 Signs and symptoms of psychiatric disorders
2 Classification
3 Assessment
4 Ethics and civil law
5 Aetiology
6 Evidence-based approaches to psychiatry
7 Reactions to stressful experiences
8 Anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders
9 Depression
10 Bipolar disorder
11 Schizophrenia
12 Paranoid symptoms and syndromes
13 Eating, sleep, and sexual disorders
14 Dementia, delirium, and other neuropsychiatric disorders
15 Personality and personality disorder
16 Child psychiatry
17 Intellectual disability (Mental retardation)
18 Forensic psychiatry
19 Psychiatry of the elderly
20 The misuse of alcohol and drugs
21 Suicide and deliberate self-harm
22 Psychiatry and medicine
23 Global psychiatry
24 Psychological treatments
25 Drugs and other physical treatments
26 Psychiatric services

About the author: 

Paul Harrison is Professor of Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, UK.; Philip Cowen is Professor of Psychopharmacology at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, UK.; Tom Burns is Chair of Social Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, UK.; Mina Fazel is Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, UK.

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