Psychiatry - Vol. 1&2

Psychiatry - Vol. 1&2

Psychiatry - Vol. 1&2

Psychiatry - Vol. 1&2


Extensively revised and updated this edition reflects the progress and developments in the field. With 127 chapters and over 400 contributors this book is a truly comprehensive exposition of the specialty of psychiatry.

Written by well-known and highly regarded experts from around the world, it takes a patient-centered approach making it an indispensable resource for all those involved in the care of patients with psychiatric disorders.

For this new edition, the section on the Neuroscientific Foundations of Psychiatry has been completely revised, with a new author team recruited by Section Editors Jonathan Polan and Eric Kandel. The final section, Special Populations and Clinical Settings, features important new chapters on today's most urgent topics, including the homeless, restraint and geriatric psychiatry.

Key features include:

  • Coverage of the entire field of psychiatry, from psychoanalysis to pharmacology and brain imaging, including family relations, cultural influence and change, epidemiology, genetics and behavioral medicine
  • Clinical vignettes describing current clinical practice in an attractive design
  • Numerous figures and tables that facilitate learning and comprehension appear throughout the text
  • Clear comparisons of the DSM-IV-TR and ICD-10 criteria for easy understanding in a global context
  • Diagnostic and treatment decision trees to help both the novice and experienced reader

The chapter on Cognitive Behavioral Therapies by Edward Friedman, Michael Thase and Jesse Wright is freely available. Please click on Read Excerpt 2 above to read this superb exposition of these important therapies.


Time and science march on, and thus, a new edition of Psychiatry is now before you. The advances in our I eld continue at a rapid pace, with an ongoing transformation of our understanding of brain and mental functioning, and the development of ever more sophisticated treatments. We continue to feel tremendous gratitude to our colleagues, whose acceptance of Psychiatry has led to it becoming a leading reference text around the world.

This edition is marked not only by extensive revision of all chapters, and by the addition of many new chapters, but also by a major restructuring of the book. Where before there were seven major sections, there are now nine, rel ecting both the expansion of our knowledge base, and what we believe will be a more useful organization of the material.

With all the revising and restructuring though, our philosophical preference continues to emphasize an integrative approach to both understanding psychopathology and providing treatment. And, as always, we hold to the view that the context of our understanding and intervention remains the therapeutic alliance we develop and maintain with our patients.

You will also see that we have expanded our panel of editors, rel ecting both the breadth of the I eld, and the increasingly international scope of our work. Our two new editors are Michael First, MD and Mario Maj, MD. Professor Michael First in New York is an internationally known psychiatrist in the area of diagnostic classification, and one of the leaders in the development of the DSM-IV and DSM-IV-TR. Professor Mario Maj is chair of psychiatry at the University of Naples, Italy, an internationally known scholar in several areas, and incoming president of the World Psychiatric Association.

Psychiatry’s success and international acceptance rel ects the outstanding contributions of several hundred of the most eminent and scholarly group of colleagues with whom one could ever hope to work. As always, their diligence and commitment to excellence made the work of the section editors and editors much easier than one might imagine. Great thanks go to all the authors and section editors, who deserve the highest accolades for the quality of this work.

Thanks also go to all those at Wiley–Blackwell involved in the publication of this work. Special thanks go to Joan Marsh, Andrew Spong, Layla Paggetti, Jill Hawthorne, and Kerry Powell for their commitment to the project. None of the editors could have accomplished their work without the devoted assistance of their home-based secretaries and assistants, all of whom have our thanks.

Most importantly, special thanks go to our families, who, once again, tolerated hours of our reviewing manuscripts and correcting proofs, hours which otherwise would have been spent with them.






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