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Introduction to Psychiatry
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The current global crisis in mental health has seen psychiatry assume an increasingly integral role in healthcare. This comprehensive and accessible textbook provides an evidence-based foundation in psychiatry for medical students and serves as an excellent refresher for all mental health professionals. Written by medical school faculty and experts in the field, with comprehensive coverage from neurobiology to population health, this essential textbook is an invaluable guide to the evaluation, treatment and current understanding of the major disorders in psychiatry. The book introduces the basics of clinical assessment and all major modalities of evidence based treatment, along with topics often not covered adequately in textbooks such as gender and sexuality, and global mental health. Chapters are complemented by easy to navigate tables, self-assessment questions, and a short bibliography of recommended reading. An essential resource for medical students, trainees, and other medical professionals seeking a clear and comprehensive introduction to psychiatry.


‘Introduction to Psychiatry: Preclinical Foundations and Clinical Essentials by Walker, Schlozman and Alpert, is a remarkable achievement and will be of extraordinary value to new learners in our field. It embraces the necessary complexity of psychiatry but consistently provides a clear scaffolding so that the reader never loses ‘the forest for the trees’. The synthesis of an enormous evidence base is conveyed with clarity and rigor. Just as important, the text is written with respect and compassion for patients, and with an appreciation of the growth mindset we encourage in students and residents. I cannot imagine a better place to begin one’s explorations of psychiatry than this book.’

Adam M. Brenner - M.D. Editor-in-Chief, Academic Psychiatry, Professor of Psychiatry and Distinguished Teaching Professor, Vice Chair for Education and Residency Training Director in Psychiatry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

‘This book meets the needs of the intended audience by comprehensively discussing a wide variety of psychiatric topics. The chapters are detailed, yet easy to read and comprised of only relevant information.’

Chad R. Percifield Source: Doody's Notes

‘This essential textbook should be in every clinic to introduce students, trainees, and health professionals to the fundamentals of mental health clinical assessment, evidence-based treatment, major diagnostic categories, gender issues, sleep disorders, psychosocial interventions, and global perspectives … Highly recommended.’

Source: Choice Magazine

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