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Integrated Treatment of Eating Disorders: Beyond the Body Betrayed (Norton Professional Books) Hardcover – 28 Mar 2008

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"Reading Kathryn Zerbe's most recent work is like consulting with a wise and trusted supervisor. Extremely well written, comprehensive, engaging, and in many ways, validating, this is one of the most complete books on eating disorders that I have come across." "In this comprehensive book, Dr. Kathryn Zerbe provides guidance to clinicians by skillfully modeling an approach...informed by clinical practice and the empirical literature...Zerbe is recognized as a leader in the field of eating an excellent writer who has a grasp of the clinical, theoretical, and empirical research in the field of eating disorders." "[E]ngaging as it is informative and though-provoking...a generous compendium of the extensive knowledge of a gifted clinician-scholar...appropriate for a wide audience but will be especially useful to specialist clinicians...One completes this book feeling richly informed and eager to refer back to it for ongoing guidance." "[A]n enlightening tool for all mental health professionals undertaking the challenge of treating eating disorders. Filled with applicable and feasible knowledge, this resource outlines how to confront the multifaceted issue of eating disorders in a more effective and thoughtful way." -- Jillian D. Farrell "THE BEST NEW BOOK FOR CLINICIANS we've seen in years...It is MUST READING for therapists. Beautifully written, Zerbe explains how to successfully treat patients from the initial appointment through termination. She weaves together comprehensive pearls of evidence-based information with cases, compassion, art and history, and holistic invaluable resource for all mental health practitioners." "[A]n outstanding addition to the current literature on eating disorders...This volume is such a gift to those who work with eating disordered patients...It is highly recommended for clinicians from all backgrounds and can also serve as a valuable source of information for patients and family members. If a clinician or trainee wanted to find a single source for eating disorder education at multiple levels, this would be the text to recommend."

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Kathryn J. Zerbe, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University, and the author of the landmark eating disorder text, The Body Betrayed. She lectures nationally and internationally on issues pertaining to women's mental health and practices psychiatry and psychoanalysis in Portland.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A great and thoroughly useful book!, 10 Jan. 2009
By Leon Pyle - Published on
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As every parent who has tried to help a child with an eating disorder knows, if we are to be helpful, we need the best source of understandable, practical advice we can get. Dr. Kathryn Zerbe's new book provides the most up-to-date resource available today.

The patient's intention, Dr. Zerbe states, is to become a better person, but he or she creates instead a dangerous routine of purging, exercising far beyond what is physically healthy, binging, dieting, and the like.

Dr. Zerbe explains that because patients with eating disorders believe that they understand both the problem and the solution (to alter their body appearance or size), they do not see the danger in their belief about how to create this "better person." As a result of their circular thinking, patients may put their lives at risk in pursuit of a delusional goal.

The complexity and medical implications associated with eating disorders are enormous and, at times, frightening. Dr. Zerbe makes it clear that there is no single answer, no simple cure. What is required is a plan that integrates the best treatments offered by medicine, various forms of psychotherapy, nutrition, and the like.

Dr. Zerbe's book, while written with mental health professionals in mind, is user-friendly, jargon-free, and will enable parents to better understand and evaluate treatment options offered by their team of practitioners.

This welcomed book is a Godsend to anyone who wants to be helpful to someone suffering from an eating disorder. It will help both parents and therapists think about the disorder and its solution in new, holistic, and practical ways, as well as create new strategies to deal with the many issues involved.

I recommend Dr. Zerbe's book without reservation.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Must Have Book 11 April 2008
By S. R. Erlichman - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I recently finished reading Dr. Kathryn Zerbe's latest book,The Integrated Treatment of Eating Disorders: Beyond The Body Betrayed. This exceptional work details her vast clinical experiences as a psychiatrist treating these complex disorders and provides both lay and professional readers with the full spectrum of current information- practical and theoretical- to address these challenging problems.This is not simply good reading but essential reading, elegantly written and deftly organized.

S. Roy Erlichman, Phd, CEDS
Past President, Board of Directors, Internat'l Assoc. of Eating Disorders Professionals
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Comprehensive look at eating disorder treatment 31 May 2009
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Treatment of eating disorders is often an arduous journey for both client and therapist. Dr. Zerbe demonstrates exemplary understanding of the complexities of eating disorders and effective ways of working through underlying psychological issues in "Beyond the Body Betrayed". Clients are categorized by age, with a chapter devoted to each subset, and described in greater detail. Case studies are embedded within the chapters, effectively furthering understanding of key concepts. Dr. Zerbe's solid grasp of eating disorders is evident, and central aspects of the professional therapist-client relationship such as termination, transference, and counter-transference are discussed. I consider their inclusion particularly significant, as I have not found them included in such detail in other eating disorder treatment resources. I was truly impressed by the genuinely caring nature Dr. Zerbe showed through her writing (in my opinion, a pre-requisite for working in any health profession!). I am certain that Dr. Zerbe has touched many lives with her expertise in the field and keen understanding of the human spirit. I highly recommend "Beyond the Body Betrayed" as an excellent resource for treatment of eating disorders!

-Kristina Griffard
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Integrated Treatment of Eating disorders; Beyond the Body Betrayed 19 Feb. 2009
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I have another book by this author, so I knew this one would be equally informative and well written. It arrived within the said time frame and is in terrific condition. I am very satisfied with the book and the process of ordering and receiving it.
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