Psychiatry: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | October 15, 2006

byTom Burns

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Psychiatry is now a highly visible activity - care in the community, compulsion, suicide, drug and alcohol abuse mean that few people are not touched by it. Indeed one in four of us will consult a psychiatrist in our life time. This book explains what psychiatry is, and what it is not. Itstarts with the identification of the major mental illnesses and why they are no longer considered just variations of 'normality'. It charts the rise of the Asylum and its demise with the developments of Care in the Community, and the flourishing of psychoanalysis and its later transformation intomore accessible psychotherapies.More than any other branch of medicine psychiatry has been attacked and criticised. There is a long catalogue of abuses - from mundane neglect and bizarre treatments through to political abuse by totalitarian regimes. Modern psychiatry too brings with it new controversies such as themedicalization of normal life, the power of the drug companies and the use of psychiatry as an agent of social control. The book does not shy away from outlining these issues but provides the reader with a clear understanding of what psychiatry is capable of, and what it is not capable of, so thatthey can draw their own conclusions.

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Psychiatry is now a highly visible activity - care in the community, compulsion, suicide, drug and alcohol abuse mean that few people are not touched by it. Indeed one in four of us will consult a psychiatrist in our life time. This book explains what psychiatry is, and what it is not. Itstarts with the identification of the major me...

Tom Burns is Professor of Social Psychiatry at the University of Oxford and a practicing consultant psychiatrist in the NHS. His research has centred on community care of severely ill psychotic patients and, in addition to over a hundred and fifty scientific articles, he has written books on Assertive Outreach and Community Mental Hea...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.39 inPublished:October 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192807277

ISBN - 13:9780192807274

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Basic Information Excellent primer on psychiatry and mental illness, for those looking for the basics on such things as the history of treatments, definitions, controversies and the present state of psychiatric practice. Explanations are clear and accessible to non-experts.
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Table of Contents

1. What is Psychiatry?2. Asylums and the origins of psychiatry3. Psychoanalysis and psychotherapy4. The move into the community5. Psychiatry under attack - inside and out6. Open to abuse7. Into the 21st CenturyFurther reading