Perspectives of Psychiatry

ISBN-10: 0801860466

ISBN-13: 9780801860461

Edition: 2nd 1998

Authors: Paul R. McHugh, Phillip R. Slavney

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Substantially revised to include a wealth of new material, the second edition of this highly acclaimed work provides a concise, coherent introduction that brings structure to an increasingly fragmented and amorphous discipline. Paul R. McHugh and Phillip R. Slavney offer an approach that emphasizes psychiatry's unifying concepts while accommodating its diversity. Recognizing that there may never be a single, all-encompassing theory, the book distills psychiatric practice into four explanatory methods: diseases, dimensions of personality, goal-directed behaviors, and life stories. These perspectives, argue the authors, underlie the principles and practice of all psychiatry. With an understanding of these fundamental methods, readers will be equipped to organize and evaluate psychiatric information and to develop a confident approach to practice and research. Praise for the original edition: "This brilliant book illuminates psychiatry more clearly than any other work I know.... This is the best (and the shortest) single volume on psychiatry that anyone could read."-- New England Journal of Medicine "Every psychiatry department, regardless of ideology, should build a course around this... work. Open-mindedness might become fashionable."-- Journal of Clinical Psychiatry "An elegantly reasoned and eloquently written book that enriches our understanding of clinical events.... [It provides] an opportunity to open our eyes to new possibilities."-- Hospital and Community Psychiatry
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List price: $31.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 10/28/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Assessment and Explanation in Psychiatry
The Mind-Brain Problem and a Structure for Psychiatry
Factionalism: The Other Source of Disarray in Psychiatry
Classification in Psychiatry and the Method of DSM-IV
The Concept of Diseases
The Disease Perspective: Its Premises, History, Strengths, and Limitations for Psychiatry
The Disease Concept Exemplified by Psychiatric Conditions with Known Neuropathologies
The Disease Concept Applied to Psychiatric Conditions without Known Neuropathologies
Manic-Depression: A Disorder in the Affective Realm
The Concept of Dimensions
The Dimensional Perspective: Graded, Quantitative, Dispositional Distinctions
Mental Subnormality: Distinctions within a Dimensional Feature
Temperament, Affective Dimensions, and Personality Disorders
Emotions, Life Events, Traits of Temperament, and Treatment
The Concept of Behaviors
The Behavior Perspective
Characteristics of Motivated Behaviors
The Causes of Behavioral Disorders
Treatment Principles for Behavioral Disorders
Bulimia Nervosa: A Behavior Treated through Stages of Change
The Concept of Life Stories
The Life-Story Perspective
The Application of the Life-Story Perspective in Practice: Power, Process, and Pitfalls
Practical Implications
Practical Implications of the Perspectives
Integrative Summary
Reliability and Validity: The Processes of Verification
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