- Majors on the practical aspects of psychiatry for the novice, essentially clinical skills, to boost confidence and uptake of learning in the subject.
- Thought-provoking approach to the subject, drawing on cultural frames of reference to illustrate psychiatric illness.
- Chapters open and close with opportunities for self-assessment to frame and consolidate learning.
- Rich visual content in the form of: 'visual mnemonics' - depicting clinical signs, risk factors and side effects. Illustrative content also includes provocative, impressionistic pictures depicting features of psychiatric conditions.
- Video content dedicated to key clinical skills, including mental state examination and common psychiatric presentations, e.g. depression.
Psychiatry PRN contains core content for psychiatry education, but gives prominence to clinical and practical skills, as well as exam preparation. PRN is a Latin medical acronym meaning Pro Re Nata (as required). These letters also inform the structure of the book into the parts: Principles, Reality and Next Steps.
Each of the main chapters opens with Principles, which cover the key characteristics of a psychiatric condition. This is the typical ground of textbooks, and this book covers all the necessary ground as concerns undergraduate learning outcomes, but is arguably more succinct than standard works on the subject. Nevertheless, illustrations and the careful use of pedagogic features (prominence given to key facts, tips and points of reflection, as well as effective use of tables) lift even this most standard area of coverage.
The Reality section is where this book begins to really distinguish itself, with a practical articulation of clinical skills for the novice. This involves sample dialogue which might form part of the psychiatric interview, which bravely, yet skilfully reflects the reality with which patients present, and the difficulties often encountered by medical students. The content in this section includes a general approach (Tips, Tricks and Cautionary Tales), leading to a sample interview, moving on to indicative stations for Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs).
The Next Steps section puts psychiatry into the context of early working life as a doctor, and highlights where psychiatric considerations overlap with medical and surgical management, as exemplified by scenarios dealing with capacity to consent to treatment.
Psychiatry PRN exists to enable students to engage with psychiatry. In addition to the framework described above, the book is rich in illustrative content, be that an original impressionistic picture of a condition, or an allusion to contemporary cultural representations of mental health and illness, to which students may relate, albeit if they haven't previously encountered psychiatric disease. To catalyse this process, the book opens with Vincent Van Gogh as its first patient, and continues in a vivid, humane fashion to prepare the student for the typical content of undergraduate psychiatry, with particular flair in terms of practical interactions with patients and associated assessment.
Online Resource Centre:
· Video clips of key psychiatric interviews e.g. mini mental state examination,
history taking of depression. Clips accompanied by guidance on usage.
· Illustrative content from the book, including clinical signs drawings (with exercise), visual mnemonics of side effects and risk factors, and impressionistic drawings of psychiatric conditions.
· Self-assessment resources, including sample OSCEs and interactive cases.
Readership: Primary : Medical students of psychiatry Secondary : Undergraduate mental health nurses, Postgraduate students of mental health (Cert, Dip, MSc)
"From the parts that I have seen, it looks a refreshingly different and certainly student friendly, undergraduate text... I would be very surprised, assuming the other chapters are as good as the ones I have seen, that it doesnt become one of the most popular undergraduate text books. It will probably be going straight to the top of our recommended reading list for next August." - Dr Simon Michaelson, Consultant Psychiatrist and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London
"It has been a while since a new undergraduate text book in psychiatry has come along; this book is new in many ways. The 'Reality' section in each chapter is full of guiding and sound advice on how to manage real live clinical situations. It guides the reader not only on what to do and what not to do but also the reasons underlying the advice. In my experience this is often what students really value and is often hard to find in text books. The authors work hard to minimise the risk of quick value judgements and counteract stigmatising attitudes that are often directed towards people who have mental health problems. I particularly like the emphasis running through the book on understanding symptoms and behaviour from the sufferer's perspective. I would highly recommend this book for undergraduate medical students and those who are in their foundation years." - Gill McGauley, Lead for undergraduate teaching in psychiatry, St George's University of London
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Part 1 : Overview In Psychiatry
1: Psychiatric Assessment
3: Essential Interview Skills
4: How to Succeed in Psychiatric OSCEs
5: Classification and Diagnosis in Psychiatry
6: Mental Health and the Law
Part 2: Clinical Conditions: Principles, Reality & Next Steps
7: Affective Disorders
8: Suicide & Self Harm
10: Substance Misuse
11: Organic Psychiatry
12: Old Age Psychiatry
13: Anxiety Disorders
14: Medically Unexplained Symptoms
15: Eating Disorders
16: Psychosexual Disorders
17: Problems Following Childbirth
18: Learning Disability
19: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
20: Personality Disorders
Edited by Sarah Stringer, Laurence Church, Susan Davison, and Maurice Lipsedge
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