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The Psychoses of Menstruation and Childbearing
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Childbearing, from the standpoint of psychological medicine, is the most complex event in human experience. Of the dozens of disorders that affect the generative process, or are unleashed as complications, many fall under the heading of 'psychoses' - profound disturbances of thought, perception, cognition and behaviour. These psychoses disrupt personal and family life at a critical time. Reviewing the wide range of psychoses that complicate the reproductive process, Ian Brockington proposes radical changes to the concepts of postpartum and menstrual psychoses, with suggestions for fresh research initiatives. Armed with this comprehensive knowledge and wielding a raft of interventions, many women can be restored to health and their vital roles in the family and community. When the risk factors are known, multidisciplinary preventive strategies can transform the lives of vulnerable women. This is essential reading for psychiatrists, obstetricians and gynaecologists, midwives, general practitioners, neuroscientists and related professions worldwide.

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'With this monograph, Brockington gives us a most valuable insight into his forty years of experience as a clinician and researcher in the field of mother-infant psychiatry.'

Anita Riecher-Rössler - Universitäre Psychiatrische Kliniken Basel, Switzerland

'How does medical science progress? First by defining disease entities, then by bringing to bear upon them a new perspective. Brockington first describes the characteristics of psychiatric states associated with the phases of reproduction in women. Then he makes clear that these associations are [aetiological] clues to the nature of the physiological disturbance. Brockington writes with pre-eminent expertise in this field. Starting from an historical and clinical viewpoint, he brings the topic under the scrutiny of modern biological research methods. The contribution is unique.'

Tim Crow - University of Oxford

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