Psychiatric Care of the Medical Patient

Psychiatric Care of the Medical Patient
3rd Ed.
2015 © Oxford University Press
Barry S. Fogel MD; Donna B. Greenberg MD
ISBN-13: 978-0-19-973185-5
Psychiatry, Neurology


The third edition of Psychiatric Care of the Medical Patient brings a classic reference text into the twenty-first century. It combines critical scholarship with the voice of expert clinicians who work at the interface of psychiatry with medical specialties. It is meant to be read for pleasure as well as consulted as a reference. The editors have worked with the authors to bring a consistent perspective to the book - one that sees the medical psychiatrist as an agent for bringing a more comprehensive perspective to medical care. Even seasoned and knowledgeable practitioners will find much that is new to them in this book.

The volume covers topics in depth that other books in the field may not cover at all, such as the use of herbal and nutritional therapies for medical-psychiatric symptoms and syndromes, and the choice of questionnaires to supplement history-taking. It looks at old topics in a new way: The chapter on the physical examination applies psychometric considerations to the Babinski sign, describes the method and application of quantitative bedside olfactory testing, and discusses smartphone apps to improve the sensitivity of the examination.

Psychiatric Care of the Medical Patient, 3rd Edition provides concepts and information to facilitate the dialogue between psychiatrists and general medical specialists - minimizing psychiatric jargon and speaking in the common language of caring and curious physicians.

New to this Edition:

  • • Provides an updated coverage of drug treatments, practice guidelines, and diagnostic and therapeutic procedures with emphasis on concepts, principles, and organizing perspectives
  • • Introduces new technology for diagnosis and treatment - ranging from patient-reported outcome measures to smartphone apps to Internet-based psychotherapy to pharmacogenetic testing
  • • Considers the role - actual and potential - of the medical psychiatrist within the healthcare delivery system - providing useful facts and methods for the clinician who wants to optimize their impact as a change agent.
  • • Incorporates neuropsychiatric perspectives in discussion of topics outside of neurology

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Specialty Score: 2.13 Health Sciences - Psychiatry
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"This is a must-have reference for all clinicians who work with patients with medical and psychiatric comorbidity, whether they are medical or psychosomatic psychiatrists, combined trained psychiatrists (internal medicine, family medicine, neurology, child/adolescent), or medical providers. The editors and chapter authors are leading experts in their fields, and many have training and expertise beyond their psychiatric specialties. This lends an invaluable perspective to this well-thought-out and comprehensive book."

-- Heather Huang, MD (University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health) Doody's Review


While the authors do not explicitly state their target audience, this book is clearly targeted at medical psychiatrists. However, it is also suitable for any psychiatrist or provider taking care of mental health patients with medical comorbidities. The authors are leading national and international experts in their fields, and many have additional training beyond their psychiatric training in the fields of neurology, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, etc.

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