Review: Foundations of Clinical Psychiatry

A trusted introductory text for students of medicine and other health professions, including psychiatric nursing, psychology, social work and occupational therapy,

Fourth Edition Edited by Sidney Bloch, Stephen A. Green, Aleksandar Janca, Philip Mitchell and Michael Robertson Melbourne University Publishing, 2017

Foundations of Clinical Psychiatry has been revised and updated by five editors, leaders in their fields, in collaboration with a group of expert psychiatrists. Its four-part structure—an introduction to clinical psychiatry; conditions encountered; specific patient groups and clinical settings; and principles and details of typical clinical services and treatments—provides a clear overview of clinical practice. It also explores the causes of mental illness and the ethical aspects of its treatment, and covers the full range of psychiatric disorders encountered by health professionals.

Foundations of Clinical Psychiatry emphasises biological, psychological and social factors in assessing and treating patients, includes the integrated use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) and provides further reading suggestions. It is richly illustrated with dozens of clinical stories. It also features chapters on ethics and the effects of trauma, and a section on the mental health of indigenous people and refugees.

About the authors:

Sidney Bloch AM, MB ChB, PhD, DPM, FRCPsych, FRANZCP is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne and Honorary Senior Psychiatrist at St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne.

Stephen A. Green MD, MA  is the Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University, USA.

Aleksandar Janca MD, MSc, FRCPsych, FRANZCP is the Winthrop Professor of Psychiatry, School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Western Australia.

Philip B. Mitchell AM, FASSA, MBBS (Hons I), MD, FRCPsych, FRANZCP is Head of the School of Psychiatry at the University of  New South Wales.

Michael Robertson MBBS (Hons), PhD, FRANZCP is Clinical Associate Professor of Mental Health Ethics at the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine at the University of Sydney.