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Highly acclaimed as "by far the best and most complete dictionary devoted to the subject" (Psychiatric Quarterly on a previous edition), this seventh edition of Psychiatric Dictionary is the most extensive revision of the work to date. This edition includes the new terms and diagnostic criteria of the recently revised fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association. In addition, it reflects the advances in neurobiology and neuroimaging that mark the "Decade of the Brain".
During the past decade, outcome studies of different forms of psychotherapy lay the groundwork for the development of differential therapeutics. The new edition takes note of the growing emphasis on brief therapy even as it tries to capture the essence of recent developments in self-psychology and in the object relations school of psychoanalysis. More that 2200 entries of the seventh edition are new, constituting 18% of the total. Many of the entries from previous editions have been revised to include recent discoveries about the mechanism or disorder that they describe. Others have been eliminated or considerably reduced in size, and some have been retained only because of historical interest. As in previous editions, the more important terms are often given encyclopedic treatment. Cross-references are used to guide the reader to a core concept and also to suggest relationships or parallels between different models. In selecting terms for inclusion (and exclusion), and in deciding which terms merit a single sentence or two, the editor has tried to meet a goal of making the language of the field accessible not only to those who use it every day, but also to those who work primarily in other fields. In addition to the changes already noted, there are new or extensively revised entries in the following topical areas: use and misuse of alcohol and other substances; newer psychopharmacological agents and new uses of older drugs; psychology and social work; genetics; cognitive disorders (dementias, deliria, and amnesiae) and other diagnostic entities recognized by DSM-IV; structure and functions of the neuron; information processing; language acquisition; and health law and forensic psychiatry. As an authoritative reference that offers encyclopedic, up-to-date coverage of all areas of psychiatric interest, this new edition will be welcomed by all professionals and students in the field of mental health.
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Robert Jean Campbell, M.D., is the Director of Gracie Square Hospital in New York City, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Cornell University Medical College, and Past President of the American Association of Psychiatric Administrators.
"If you frequently read contemporary psychiatric, psychological, or sociologic literature, you should own this dictionary. That it has continued into a seventh edition is probably more convincing praise than I can give. If you own the sixth edition, you should consider buying the new one: Campbell has added more than 2000 new terms and has taken pains to incorporate new terms and diagnostic criteria from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV of the American Psychiatric Association. And for a book of this size and content, its price is eminently fair."--Annals of Internal Medicine
"Although the volume is titled a dictionary, it serves nicely as an encyclopedia for the more important terms which are not only defined but also described and explained. This makes the volume very convient for the reader...The definitions and accompanying information were clear, accessible, and authoritative....Very useful to a variety of mental health specialists..."--Contemporary Psychology
"...comprehensible to the non-specialist....this work is recommended for libraries supporting degree programs in psychology, counseling, and social work. AS for selection by medical school libraries, the dictionary is a must."--American Reference Books Annual
"Although the volume is titled a dictionary, it serves nicely as an encyclopedia for the more important terms which are not only defined but also described and explained. This makes the volume very convenient for the reader...The definitions and accompanying information were clear, accessible, and authoritative....Very useful to a variety of mental health specialists..."--Contemporary Psychology
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Book Description Oxford University Press, USA, 1981. Hardcover. Condition: New. 5. Seller Inventory # DADAX0195028171