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Preface to the second edition. Preface to the first edition. Foreword. Part 1. 1 A brief history of psychiatry. 2 Patient assessment. 3 The delivery of mental health care. Part 2. 4 Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. 5 Affective (mood) disorders. 6 Suicide and deliberate self-harm. 7 Neurotic, stress-related, and somatoform disorders (anxiety disorders). 8 Personality disorders. 9 Organic psychiatric disorders (delirium and dementias). 10 Mental retardation (learning disabilities). 11 Substance misuse. 12 Eating, sleep, and sexual disorders. 13 Child and adolescent psychiatry. So, why a career in psychiatry? Self-assessment EMQs. Answers to self-assessment. Answers to EMQs. Appendix: Some psychiatric questionnaires and rating scales. Index.

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Dr Neel Burton is based at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, where he regularly teaches medical students. He is author of Living with Schizophrenia (with Dr Phil Davison, Sheldon Press, 2007) and has won a number of teaching awards.


"This is a textbook for undergraduates and an excellent one at that." Oxford Journals , June 2010 "The publication of Neel Burton's excellent 2nd edition of Psychiatry is particularly opportune, coming as it does during what some have described as the specialty's 'recruitment crisis'. This undergraduate textbook is colourful, concise and engaging, the ideal primer to pique a student's interest in mental health studies. By turns intellectually challenging and entertaining (its first two quotations come from Nietzsche and Alice in Wonderland ) the text is easily picked up and dipped into at random or studied more earnestly, chapter-by-chapter. Each section is introduced with a list of learning objectives and concluded with a summary of key facts. Its salient points are delivered alongside informative, appropriately selected case studies and consolidated with 12 pages of self-assessment of the widely used 'Extended Matching' (EMQ) variety." International Journal of Culture and Mental Health

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