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Introductory Textbook of Psychiatry, Sixth Edition

Donald W. Black, M.D., and Nancy C. Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D.

  • ISBN 978-1-58562-469-0
  • Item #62469


Thoroughly and scrupulously updated, the sixth edition of the Introductory Textbook of Psychiatry has been reorganized and rewritten to reflect the reformulated DSM-5® diagnostic classes, rendering all other texts obsolete. No other introductory psychiatry text incorporates up-to-date information on all of the major disorders, arranged by DSM-5® diagnostic class, along with current treatment information. Designed to provide medical students and beginning residents with a solid foundation and orientation to the field, the book has also been proven valuable to a variety of training programs, including advanced registered nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, and psychologists. An abundance of useful features should win this new edition equal popularity and classic status:

  • The authors are accomplished writers as well as clinicians, and they have produced a volume that is consistent in style, very readable, and highly engaging. The redundancies sometimes encountered in a text with many authors have been avoided.
  • An exhaustively researched and scientifically rigorous section devoted to the neurobiology and genetics of mental illness has been included, because psychiatry is a scientific, as well as a clinical, discipline.
  • The detailed introduction to the psychiatric interview provides interviewing techniques, tips on taking the clinical history, and specific questions that may be asked to elicit information useful to diagnosis.
  • New medications have been released since the last edition, and more has been learned about existing drugs. All are addressed in detail here.
  • A host of reader-friendly features—including interesting case vignettes, clinical points, chapter-by-chapter self-assessment questions, an up-to-date glossary of terms, and dozens of tables and figures—promote learning and help the reader to gauge progress. Those studying for their board examinations will find them especially helpful.

Grounded in the authors’ long clinical experience and scholarly expertise, the Introductory Textbook of Psychiatry is a pedagogically sound and beautifully written text that is equal to the science and mystery of its subject. A new generation of medical students and residents will find it as interesting as it is indispensable.


About the authors
Disclosures of competing interests
Part I: Background
Chapter 1. Diagnosis and classification
Chapter 2. Interviewing and assessment
Chapter 3. The neurobiology and genetics of mental illness
Part II: Psychiatric Disorders
Chapter 4. Neurodevelopmental (child) disorders
Chapter 5. Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders
Chapter 6. Mood disorders
Chapter 7. Anxiety disorders
Chapter 8. Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders
Chapter 9. Trauma- and stressor-related disorders
Chapter 10. Somatic symptom disorders and dissociative disorders
Chapter 11. Feeding and eating disorders
Chapter 12. Sleep-wake disorders
Chapter 13. Sexual dysfunction, gender dysphoria, and paraphilias
Chapter 14. Disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders
Chapter 15. Substance-related and addictive disorders
Chapter 16. Neurocognitive disorders
Chapter 17. Personality disorders
Part III: Special Topics
Chapter 18. Psychiatric emergencies
Chapter 19. Legal issues
Chapter 20. Behavioral, cognitive, and psychodynamic treatments
Chapter 21. Psychopharmacology and electroconvulsive therapy

About the Authors

Donald W. Black, M.D., is Professor, Director of Residency Training, and Vice Chair for Education, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa. He is a graduate of Stanford University, where he received his undergraduate degree, and the University of Utah School of Medicine. He received his psychiatric training at the University of Iowa, where he now serves as Director of Residency Training and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Black is an authority on personality disorders and impulsive behavior. He has written several books, including Bad Boys, Bad Men—Confronting Antisocial Personality Disorder (Sociopathy) and DSM-5 Guidebook (with Jon E. Grant). He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Past President of the American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists.

Nancy C. Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D., is the Andrew H. Woods Chair, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa. She received a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Nebraska, and later, a medical degree from the University of Iowa, where she also trained in psychiatry. She is one of the world’s leading authorities on schizophrenia and was a pioneer in the application of neuroimaging techniques to the study of major mental illnesses. She is the author of numerous books including The Creating Brain: The Neuroscience of Genius, The Broken Brain: The Biological Revolution in Psychiatry, and Brave New Brain: Conquering Mental Illness in the Era of the Genome. Dr. Andreasen received the National Medal of Science in 2000, America’s highest award for scientific achievement. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science. She served as Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Psychiatry for 13 years.

This is far and away the best introductory textbook of psychiatry. Authoritative and beautifully written, it will benefit every student.—Joel Paris, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, McGill University

Drs. Black and Andreasen have made such a contribution to our field by connecting the breadth of topics for the range of readers from beginning training to those in practice and academics. The clarity of the text is so well structured with descriptions of illnesses, evaluations, and treatments. Further, in a field like psychiatry the clinical examples are crucial to bring the text to life. The Special Topics” section provides substantial information for practitioners - for example, Psychiatric Emergencies. Further, the benefit to the field of the clear update on DSM5 is a great contribution.—S. Charles Schulz, M.D., Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota Medical School

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