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The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Psychosomatic Medicine and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Third Edition

Edited by James L. Levenson, M.D.

  • ISBN 978-1-61537-136-5
  • Item #37136


As with the first two editions, this third edition of The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Psychosomatic Medicine and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry is the most comprehensive reference on the subspecialty available. Extensively revised and updated, this new edition also features 30 new authors.

The emphasis on a diversity of perspectives remains as strong as ever: Chapter authors represent a range of backgrounds and disciplines, and of opinions and viewpoints, and 24 of the 88 contributors are from countries other than the United States.

Organized into four sections, the textbook addresses

  • General principles of evaluation and management, legal and ethical issues, and psychological reactions to illness.
  • Psychiatric symptoms and disorders—including delirium, aggression, depression, suicidality, psychosis, anxiety, eating and sleep disturbances, sexual dysfunction, and substance use problems—commonly encountered in medically ill populations.
  • Psychological and social aspects of diseases and disorders affecting the various organ systems.
  • Psychiatric treatments in the medically ill, including psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, electroconvulsive and other neurostimulation therapies, and palliative care.

Encyclopedic in its scope and accessible in its presentation, The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Psychosomatic Medicine and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry is an essential resource for psychiatry residents, psychosomatic medicine fellows, attending psychiatrists, and other specialists who need to stay up to date with the rapidly expanding evidence base in the field.


PART I: General Principles in Evaluation and Management
Chapter 1. Psychiatric Assessment and Consultation
Chapter 2. Legal and Ethical Issues
Chapter 3. Psychological Responses to Illness
PART II: Symptoms and Disorders
Chapter 4. Delirium
Chapter 5. Dementia
Chapter 6. Aggression and Violence
Chapter 7. Depression
Chapter 8. Suicidality
Chapter 9. Psychosis, Mania, and Catatonia
Chapter 10. Anxiety Disorders
Chapter 11. Somatic Symptom Disorder and Illness Anxiety Disorder
Chapter 12. Deception Syndromes: Factitious Disorders and Malingering
Chapter 13. Eating Disorders
Chapter 14. Sleep Disorders
Chapter 15. Sexual Dysfunctions
Chapter 16. Substance-Related Disorders
PART III: Specialties and Subspecialties
Chapter 17. Heart Disease
Chapter 18. Lung Disease
Chapter 19. Gastrointestinal Disorders
Chapter 20. Renal Disease
Chapter 21. Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders
Chapter 22. Oncology
Chapter 23. Hematology
Chapter 24. Rheumatology
Chapter 25. Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Syndromes
Chapter 26. Infectious Diseases
Chapter 27. Dermatology
Chapter 28. Surgery
Chapter 29. Organ Transplantation
Chapter 30. Neurology and Neurosurgery
Chapter 31. Obstetrics and Gynecology
Chapter 32. Pediatrics
Chapter 33. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Chapter 34. Pain
Chapter 35. Medical Toxicology
PART IV: Treatment
Chapter 36. Psychopharmacology
Chapter 37. Psychotherapy
Chapter 38. Electroconvulsive Therapy and Other Brain Stimulation Therapies
Chapter 39. Palliative Care


Yesne Alici, M.D.
Andrew R. Alkis, M.D.
David J. Axelrod, M.D., J.D.
Robert Bahnsen, M.D.
Rosemary Basson, M.D.
Madeleine Becker, M.D., M.A.
Charles H. Bombardier, Ph.D.
John Michael Bostwick, M.D.
William Breitbart, M.D.
Rebecca W. Brendel, M.D., J.D.
E. Sherwood Brown, M.D., Ph.D.
Brenda Bursch, Ph.D.
Alan J. Carson, M.Phil., M.D., FRCPsych, FRCP
Keira Chism, M.D., M.A.
Harvey Max Chochinov, M.D., Ph.D., FRCPC
Michael R. Clark, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
Catherine C. Crone, M.D.
Ericka L. Crouse, Pharm.D., BCPP, BCGP
Daniel Cukor, Ph.D.
Mary Amanda Dew, Ph.D.
Andrea F. DiMartini, M.D.
Andrew Edelstein, M.D.
Natacha D. Emerson, Ph.D.
Steven A. Epstein, M.D.
Jesse R. Fann, M.D., M.P.H.
Charles V. Ford, M.D.
Francis, Ph.D., M.D.
Oliver Freudenreich, M.D.
Gregory L. Fricchione, M.D.
Patricia Gracia-Garcia, M.D., Ph.D.
Mark S. Groves, M.D.
Angela S. Guarda, M.D.
Madhulika A. Gupta, M.D., M.Sc., FRCPC
Elspeth Guthrie, M.B., Ch.B., FRCPsych, M.Sc., M.D.
Raed Hawa, M.D.
Peter Henningsen, M.D.
J. Greg Hobelmann, M.D., M.P.H.
Michael R. Irwin, M.D.
Richard Kennedy, M.D.
Paul L. Kimmel, M.D.
Cynthia K. Kirkwood, Pharm.D., BCPP
Christopher Kogut, M.D.
Virginia Lois E. Krahn, M.D.
Juliet Kroll, M.A.
Alexandra Kulikova, M.S.
Jeanne M. Lackamp, M.D.
Albert F.G. Leentjens, M.D., Ph.D.
James L. Levenson, M.D.
Madeline Li, M.D., Ph.D., FRCPC
Ted S. Liao, M.D.
Antonio Lobo, M.D., Ph.D.
Constantine G. Lyketsos, M.D., M.H.S.
Mary Jane Massie, M.D.
Cheryl McCullumsmith, M.D., Ph.D.
David J. Meagher, M.D., MRCPsych, Ph.D.
Weronika Micula-Gondek, M.D.
Kimberley Miller, M.D., FRCPC
Philip R. Muskin, M.D., M.A.
Alyson K. Myers, M.D.
Ariana Nesbit, M.D., M.B.E.
Patrick G. O’Malley, M.D., M.P.H., FACP
Chiadi U. Onyike, M.D., M.H.S.
James A. Owen, Ph.D. (Deceased)
Miguel angel Quintanilla, M.D., Ph.D.
J. J. Rasimas, M.D., Ph.D.
Keith G. Rasmussen, M.D.
Peter M. Rees, M.D., Ph.D.
Thomas Ritz, Ph.D.
Gary Rodin, M.D., FRCPC
Joshua Rosenblat, M.D.
Deborah Rosenthal-Asher, Ph.D.
Pedro Saz, M.D., Ph.D.
Ronald Schouten, M.D., J.D.
Peter A. Shapiro, M.D.
Michael C. Sharpe, M.A., M.D., FRCP, FRCPsych
Akhil Shenoy, M.D., M.P.H
Felicia A. Smith, M.D.
Sanjeev Sockalingam, M.D.
Wolfgang Sollner, M.D.
Loretta Sonnier, M.D.
Theodore A. Stern, M.D.
Ned H. Cassem
Donna E. Stewart, C.M., M.D., FRCPC
Jon Stone, Ph.D., FRCP
Margaret L. Stuber, M.D.
Simone N. Vigod, M.D., M.Sc., FRCPC
Michael Weaver, M.D., DFASAM
Chelsey Werchan, M.A.
Elizabeth A. Wise, M.D.
Adam Zeman, M.A., D.M., FRCP

About the Authors

James L. Levenson, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, and Surgery; Chair of the Division of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry; and Vice-Chair of Psychiatry at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia.

Dr. Levenson has done it again! With the Third Edition of The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Psychosomatic Medicine, he has presented consultation-liaison psychiatrists who care for complex medically and surgically ill patients with a comprehensive, reliable, go-to resource updated with DSM-5 diagnoses, current evidence-based information, and valuable clinical pearls. Written by an international group of experts, Dr. Levenson’s textbook includes a vast array of topics organized by common clinical consultation questions and by medical specialties. New and seasoned practitioners alike will find this latest revised volume to be clear, practical, and indispensable.—Maryland Pao, M.D., Pediatric and Adult Consultation Liaison Psychiatrist, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C.

This is a comprehensive, practical, and well-written textbook covering a wide range of topics important to practitioners of consultation-liaison psychiatry. The authors of each chapter are experts in the field and take a thoughtful and practical approach to each topic by outlining evidence and providing clear clinical guidance. There is no question that this is a hallmark text in the field and will be frequently consulted by trainees and experienced clinician alike.—Jeff C. Huffman, M.D., Associate Chief of Psychiatry for Clinical Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Director, MGH Cardiac Psychiatry, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Overall, for a book that encompasses such a broad topic, it includes the right amount of detail. Readers wishing to have a reference for their clinical practice, to study for the consultation-liaison psychiatry boards, or to delve into the more medical aspects of psychiatry, will be well served by this highly readable, informative, practical, and, therefore, recommendable book.—Gabriel Heiber Bendayan, M.D., Doody's Book Review

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