Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry, Shorter

Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry, Shorter
7th Ed.
2018 © Oxford University Press
Mina Fazel; Paul Harrison; Philip Cowen; Tom Burns
ISBN-13: 978-0-19-874743-7
Psychiatry, Public Health



  • • The Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry is authored by four of the most experienced clinicians and researchers in European psychiatry and neuroscience, providing a coherence and uniformity and balance that is seldom achieved in edited volumes.
  • • Now in its seventh edition, the content has continually been refined over the years; resulting in a book that gives the reader exactly the material they need.
  • • Now includes more coverage of the field of social psychiatry - a field growing in importance and influence - with the expansion in community mental health services.
  • • The book is strong on practical, evidence-based guidance as well as providing succinct analyses of clinical and scientific foundations. text

Widely recognized as the standard text for trainee psychiatrists, the Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry stands head and shoulders above the competition. The text has been honed over seven editions, displaying a fluency, authority, and insight rarely found in textbooks which makes the process of assimilating information effective and enjoyable.

The book provides an introduction to all the clinical topics, sub-specialties, and major psychiatric conditions required by the trainee psychiatrist. Throughout, the authors emphasize the basic clinical skills required for full assessment and understanding of the patient. Discussion of treatment includes not only scientific evidence, but also practical problems in the management of patients in a family and social context.

Full attention to ethical and legal issues is given within the evidence-based approach to practice provided in the text. Introductory chapters focus on recognition of signs and symptoms, classification and diagnosis, psychiatric assessment, and etiology. Further chapters deal with all the major psychiatric syndromes, as well as providing detailed coverage of pharmacological and psychological treatments. The book gives equal prominence to ICD and DSM classifications - often with direct comparisons - making the book relevant to the practice of psychiatry throughout the world.

Boasting greater use of summary boxes, tables, and lists within a new modern design, the Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry remains the most up-to-date secondary level textbook of psychiatry available. The extensive bibliography has been brought up-to-date and there are targeted reading lists for each chapter. The Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry fulfills all the study and revision needs of psychiatric trainees, but will also prove useful to medical students, GPs, qualified psychiatrists, and those in related fields who need to be kept informed with current psychiatric practice.

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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"Overall, this is a strong addition to the field and it provides a good overview of complex material in a format that is manageable for student learners."

-- Vanessa Stan, MD, MPH (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)Doody's Review

"This is a valuable addition to the psychiatric literature since its main focus is to emphasize evidence-based approaches. It can be used worldwide as it includes both DSM and ICD classifications often with direct comparisons."

-- Marcos Modiano-Esquenazi, MD (Rush University Medical Center) - previous edition


The target audience is medical students and primary care and community health professionals who are working as part of a multidisciplinary mental health team.

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