© 2012

Current Themes in Psychiatry in Theory and Practice

  • Niruj Agrawal
  • Jim Bolton
  • Raghunandan Gaind

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Issues of Contemporary Concern

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Dinesh Bhugra, Norman Poole
      Pages 3-17
    3. Kate Jefferies, Robert Lawrence, Niruj Agrawal
      Pages 37-56
    4. Sanjoo Chengappa, Mohammed T. Abou-Saleh
      Pages 57-76
    5. Swaran P. Singh
      Pages 77-98
  3. Interface of Medicine and Psychiatry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Alan Carson, Jon Stone
      Pages 101-128
    3. Jeremy S. Stern, Mary M. Robertson
      Pages 148-165
    4. Audrey Ng, Steven Reid
      Pages 166-184
    5. Kate Webb, J. Hubert Lacey, John Morgan
      Pages 185-204
  4. Therapeutic Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Marie-Hélène Marion
      Pages 207-218
    3. Kishore Chandiramani
      Pages 252-265
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 267-270

About this book


An up-to-date overview of a range of topics, covering contemporary concerns and therapeutic challenges in clinical psychiatry, written by distinguished psychiatrists who are leaders in their fields. This volume will help to shape the clinical practice of psychiatry students and mental health professionals.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Niruj Agrawal
    • 1
  • Jim Bolton
    • 2
  • Raghunandan Gaind
    • 3
  1. 1.St George’s HospitalLondonUK
  2. 2.St Helier HospitalCarshaltonUK
  3. 3.Keats HouseLondonUK

About the editors

MOHAMMED TABOU-SALEH Professor of Psychiatry & Honorary Consultant in Addiction Psychiatry, St George's, University of London, London, UK DINESH BHUGRA Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity, President of The Royal College of Psychiatrists, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK ALAN CARSON Consultant Neuropsychiatrist and Part Time Senior Lecturer, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Edinburgh, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, Scotland KISHORE CHANDIRAMANI Consultant Psychiatrist, Nuffield Health, North Staffordshire Hospital, Newcastle under Lyme, UK SANJOO CHENGAPPA Academic Clinical Fellow, St George's University of London, London, UK DANIELLE GAYNOR Assistant Psychologist, East London Foundation Trust, London, UK PAT HUGHES Professor of Psychotherapy, Head of Division of Mental Health, St George's University of London, London, UK GEORGE IKKOS Consultant Psychiatrist in Liaison Psychiatry, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, London, UK KATE JEFFERIES Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist, Farnham Road Hospital, Guildford, Surrey, UK J.HUBERT LACEY Professor of Psychiatry & Clinical Director, St George's Eating Disorders Service, London, UK ROBERT LAWRENCE Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist & Honorary Senior Lecturer, Barnes Hospital, London, UK MARIE-HÉLÈNE MARION Movement disorders unit, Atkinson Morley Regional Neurosciences Centre, St George's Hospital, London, UK ALEX J. MITCHELL Consultant & Hon. Senior Lecturer in Liaison Psychiatry, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, UK JOHN MORGAN Consultant Psychiatrist in Eating Disorders, Yorkshire Centre for Eating Disorders, UK AUDREY NG Specialist Registrar in Psychiatry, Department of Liaison Psychiatry, St Mary's Hospital, London, UK NORMAN POOLE Locum Consultant in Liaison Psychiatry, St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, UK STEVEN REID Consultant in Liaison Psychiatry, Department of Liaison Psychiatry, St Mary's Hospital, London, UK DANIEL C RIORDAN MB BS, MRCPsych, FRANZCP MARY M. ROBERTSON Professor and Honorary Consultant Neuropsychiatrist, Department of Mental Health Sciences, University College London, London, UK JAYDIP SARKAR Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Personality Disorder Unit & Secure Women's Services, East Midlands Centre for Forensic Mental Health, Leicester, UK SWARAN P SINGH Professor of Social & Community Psychiatry & Consultant Psychiatrist, Health Sciences Research Institute, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK JEREMY S. STERN Consultant Neurologist, Atkinson Morley Regional Neurosciences Centre, St. George's Hospital, London, UK JON STONE Consultant Neurologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Edinburgh, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, UK KATE WEBB Specialist Registrar & Honorary Research Assistant, St George's Eating Disorders Service, London, UK

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'As always, Current Themes provides up to date and practical knowledge on issues of real clinical relevance to many psychiatrists. While some of the chapters cover frequently encountered conditions, others touch on more esoteric yet no less important topics. All are presented with an eye towards practical and sensitive application in today's complex social and medical environment. This is a 'must read' for the practicing clinician.' - Fawzy Ibrahim Fawzy, M.D., Louis Jolyon West Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California at Los Angeles, USA

'An unique reference book for psychiatrists and mental health professionals from experience clinicians sharing contemporary and challenging issues. The chapters were written in a precise and lucid style, which makes it also a worthy reference for trainees and young practitioners who seeks practical help at their daily work.' - Linda Lam, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, President, the Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists

'Current Themes in Psychiatry: in Theory and Practice is a useful guide to contemporary psychiatry. Befitting its focus on science-based progress in psychiatry; it is objective and accurate. As a comprehensive guide for psychiatric practice, it is a valuable resource for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, trainees and professionals in key mental health fields, including psychiatry, psychology, social work, and nursing.

This volume has been substantially revised with an eye toward incorporating diverse themes and perspectives currently relevant in research and practice. Each chapter been updated and the text has been reorganized to facilitate easy assimilation of major conceptual and practical issues in psychiatry. A highlight of the book is its effective juxtaposition of classic research with the latest breakthroughs in a way that helps students appreciate how knowledge builds on earlier findings. Culturally relevant themes have also been incorporated making it a useful reference for students and professionals from all parts of the world. Particularly trainees from Asia will find this book bridging a critical void existing in the continent in terms of available literature pertaining to cultural and practical issues in the practice of Psychiatry.

Up-to-date, scientifically rigorous, and exhaustive in its scope, Current Themes in Psychiatry: in Theory and Practice promises to be an enjoyable read as well as a tremendous learning experience for trainees in all of the mental health professions.' - Pratap Sharan. Professor, Department of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences

'... an excellent book...provides conceptual and practical information on many of the difficult subjects in psychiatry which are not dealt with in ordinary texts. It is a pleasure to read. It is much better than its unassuming title suggests, and is a noble sequel to the series which went before, of which I was a part many years ago.' - Stephen Hirsch, Imperial College, London