Psychiatry in Learning Disability

Psychiatry in Learning Disability

Psychiatry in Learning Disability

Psychiatry in Learning Disability


This text describes and defines the field of psychiatry in learning disability in children, adults and the elderly. Thoroughly examines the concepts of learning disability, IQ, and Intelligence and Assessment. Also offers a discussion of specific conditions in relation to learning disability in areas of autism, asperger's syndrome, schizophrenia and more.


All those in mental health professions, especially postgraduate students, frequently complain of the lack of balance in the available literature in different areas of the subject, and particularly the shortage of academically sophisticated and evidence-based work on learning disability. They know where to turn for authoritative, didactic articles and books on other specialties of psychiatry and related disciplines, but there has been a dearth of informative, concise, well-referenced summaries of the psychiatric aspects of learning disability. This fortunately is now no longer true. Dr Read has edited contributions from a number of distinguished authors that will answer the searching questions and fulfil the academic needs both of those working in other areas of mental health and of those specifically providing care for people with learning disability.

There have been pressures over recent years to decrease the link between psychiatry and learning disability, as areas of specialization. A large part of the delivery of care has now appropriately been placed within the responsibility of social services, but there are still considerable psychiatric needs to be met within the field of learning disability; specialists in this subject need to be informed by psychiatry, and those dealing with more general aspects of mental illness need expert opinion, advice and information from experts in learning disability. Psychiatry in Learning Disability covers both these fields of knowledge: psychiatry for professionals working with learning disabled people and expertise on learning disability for those more generally concerned with mental illness. It is recommended to the reader not only for finding information on specific subjects but also for reordering one's mental set concerning the two areas of specialization. This book will be found to fill an important gap within this important area of professional knowledge.

Professor Andrew Sims MA, MD, FRCPsych, FRCP

Division of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences in Relation to
Medicine, St James's University Hospital, Leeds.

June 1997 . . .

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