Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry is another major book on medicine. The book is published by Oxford university press. Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry is a handbook to treat psychiatric patients. There is a great difference between Psychology and Psychiatry. The Psychiatry deals with medical treatment unlike the one. Psychiatrists are usually the physicians who treat psychological disorders. There are other two variants of this book. One of them is shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry. The other is New Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry. This article shares review of the “shorter” version.
Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry
This book was first published in 1983. Its sixth edition appeared in 2012. The shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry provides authentic information on Psychiatry. Predominantly the topics are related to psychological or psychiatric disorders. 6th edition of the book includes 24 chapters.
The initial chapters deals with an introduction of psychiatric disorders. the signs and symptoms and then the classification of disorders are included in introductory chapters. Assessment and etiology of psychological disorders are described in separate chapters. Then there is ethical consideration in medical treatment of psyche. The basic emphases is on the question “What the laws say about treatments?” This question is addressed and answered.
Next portion of the book contains chapters on separate psychiatric disorders. Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry contains mainly the following disorders.
- Mood disorders.
- Personality disorders.
- Anxiety Disorders.
- Sexual disorders. etc.
These psychological disorders are fully explained in DSM IV and DSM V. Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry also pays attentions towards the psychiatry of children. Mental retardation and learning disabilities are explained in the book. Separate consideration is also given to the psychiatry of elderly individuals.
Alcoholism and drug use have also caused several mental disorders. The psychiatric consequences and causes of drug use on psychiatry is also elaborated. Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry not only provides theory about disorders but also gives solution. The treatment of psychological disorders is diverse and varied. Various forms and procedures of psychiatric treatment are added in the textbook.
Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry is in other words a comprehensive handbook. It provides guidance to students and psychiatrists in the classification of disorders. New information are also added in the book including forensic psychiatry.
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