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Psychiatry PRN: Principles, Reality, Next Steps [Paperback]

Sarah Stringer , Laurence Church , Susan Davison , Maurice Lipsedge
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5 Mar 2009 0199561982 978-0199561988 1
Psychiatry PRN contains core content for psychiatry education, but gives prominence to clinical and practical skills, as well as exam preparation. PRN is a Latin medical acronym meaning Pro Re Nata (as required). These letters also inform the structure of the book into the parts: Principles, Reality and Next Steps. Each of the main chapters opens with Principles, which cover the key characteristics of a psychiatric condition. This is the typical ground of textbooks, and this book covers all the necessary ground as concerns undergraduate learning outcomes, but is arguably more succinct than standard works on the subject. Nevertheless, illustrations and the careful use of pedagogic features (prominence given to key facts, tips and points of reflection, as well as effective use of tables) lift even this most standard area of coverage. The Reality section is where this book begins to really distinguish itself, with a practical articulation of clinical skills for the novice. This involves sample dialogue which might form part of the psychiatric interview, which bravely, yet skilfully reflects the reality with which patients present, and the difficulties often encountered by medical students. The content in this section includes a general approach (Tips, Tricks and Cautionary Tales), leading to a sample interview, moving on to indicative stations for Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs). The Next Steps section puts psychiatry into the context of early working life as a doctor, and highlights where psychiatric considerations overlap with medical and surgical management, as exemplified by scenarios dealing with capacity to consent to treatment. Psychiatry PRN exists to enable students to engage with psychiatry. In addition to the framework described above, the book is rich in illustrative content, be that an original impressionistic picture of a condition, or an allusion to contemporary cultural representations of mental health and illness, to which students may relate, albeit if they haven't previously encountered psychiatric disease. To catalyse this process, the book opens with Vincent Van Gogh as its first patient, and continues in a vivid, humane fashion to prepare the student for the typical content of undergraduate psychiatry, with particular flair in terms of practical interactions with patients and associated assessment. Online Resource Centre: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/orc/stringer * Video clips of key psychiatric interviews e.g. mini mental state examination, history taking of depression. Clips accompanied by guidance on usage. * Illustrative content from the book, including clinical signs drawings (with exercise), visual mnemonics of side effects and risk factors, and impressionistic drawings of psychiatric conditions. * Self-assessment resources, including sample OSCEs and interactive cases.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1 edition (5 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199561982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199561988
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 19 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr Stringer is a South London psychiatrist and Honorary Lecturer for King's College London (KCL). Her writing and teaching are motivated by her wish to try and ensure that people with mental health problems receive the best possible care from their doctors, whether or not their doctors are psychiatrists. With this in mind, she edited the textbook, Psychiatry PRN, and set up the Extreme Psychiatry course at KCL.

She's currently buried in editing a new psychiatry handbook for doctors. This is due out in 2015 (so long as she can wrestle another 40,000 words to the cutting room floor...)

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Psychiatry is one of those specialties that isn't covered in as much detail during the lectures of the first and second years of medicine. I was hence a little apprehensive about starting my psychiatry rotation in the third year. Finding a suitable textbook that breaks the specialty into easy to digest chunks is difficult and I am hence grateful to this textbook for helping me get through the rotation as well as my end of year examinations. This book is clear, focused, engaging and interesting; I particularly enjoyed going through the case studies. The self-assessment questions are a great revision tool. It is pitched perfectly for the medical student; it provides information not only to excel in the psychiatry aspect of the examination but the OSCE as well. This book is highly recommended; thank you Psychiatry P.R.N.! Thomas Mathen, King's College London It is easy to read, provides knowledge at a suitable level and is unique in that not only does it offer insight on a clinical level, but also looks at how a disease can affect the patient and the doctor. We only wish this book had been available when we were students. The Psychiatrist Online This short textbook has captured the basic essence of psychiatry within its pages. Its effective use of summary tables, boxes and illustrations are great for guidance and revision not just for students but also for more senior health professionals. I will be referring to it throughout my training in mental health. 2010 BMA Book Awards Judges

About the Author

Dr Sarah Stringer, Higher Specialty Trainee in Psychiatry and Honorary Lecturer at King's College London Medical School Dr Laurence Church, Consultant Psychiatrist in General Adult Psychiatry, Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Dr Susan Davison, Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy at the Maudsley Psychotherapy Service Dr Maurice Lipsedge, Emeritus Consultant Psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, and Honorary Senior Lecturer at King's College London Medical School

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From an SHO's perspective 29 Jan 2011
By Vicky
From an SHO's perspective: I found this book really easy to read, concise and helpful. Unlike oxford handbook it is much clearer with more helpful information for clinical work and managing patients. Also a lot more interesting to read!
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This book is lively, interesting and focussed, I'm a med student doing my psych rotation and found this book to be a revelation - interesting and aimed at tackling the basics of psych and demystifing them. Great case studies, and unlike so many other concise psych texts its well illustrated and nice to look at! Plus its just a really good read - love the Van Gogh case study in chapter one. Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Psychiatry text available! 10 July 2009
Psychiatry PRN is the best text book I've read for some time! It is pitched at Medical Students and Junior Doctors but it was also enjoyed by my family, none of whom have any medical training, and all of whom found it accessible, understandable, witty and memorable. The text is broken into chapters covering each of the main psychiatric topics. Each chapter is clearly laid out to maximise different methods of learning. I am a very visual person and the use of visual mneumonics and artists' impressions helps me to remember the salient points of the disorders. Before I started my clinical psychiatric experience the thought of talking to people with psychiatric histories seemed overwhelming and alien. PRN has helped my confidence, and more importantly, my understanding and acceptance of disorders that are still stigmatised by certain areas of society. I hope Psychiatry PRN inspires further 'PRN' publications.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book of all medical books bought 13 Nov 2010
This book is beyond excellent. As a medical student, it not only has the right level of detail but is also conveyed in an interesting way with beautiful and easy to remember pictures/tables/diagrams. It is by far one of the best books I have bought during my medical course. I also really like how each topic is separated into 3 parts. first about the disease itself, then scenarios and ways to form questions for interviews (very good for OSCE) and finally clinical cases and extra information. Every friend i've lend it to really loved it themselves and asked where i got it from. Even if you're not into psychiatry, reading this book makes you appreciate the subject and be less intimidated by it. This is the best book you can get for psychiatry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best psychiatry book for medical students 16 Dec 2009
Psychiatry PRN really helped me get through my psychiatry rotation. It is engagingly written and, unlike many medical textbooks, it is an enjoyable read! It contains all the core facts that you need to remember for your exams, clearly presented. It is also really useful for psychiatry OSCEs, as the book helps you focus on your practical technique, and includes excellent OSCE scenarios and extra online osce-related content. Each chapter begins with a quiz, and the content of the book is divided into logical sections and fantastically illustrated, which really helps you to actually remember what you read. I would recommend this book to all medical students, as it is really focussed on helping you to really understand psychiatric conditions, meaning you can get more out of your clinical attachment. Also, importantly, it can give you a fantastic head start with your exams and OSCEs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is truly amazing. 5 Aug 2012
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I am saddened that I saw the book in my final year of studying mental health nursing and social work. Its amazing. I am still reading and using it. This book is unique. It contains core content for Pyschiatry both in the medical and mental health nursing model. I have developed greatly in clinical and practical skills. Links well theory with practice and certainly gives you a step by step guide to conducting interviews/psychiatric assessments which is the part I love the most.this book is not only limited to doctors but student nurses, social wokers and OTs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Psychiatry Made Simple 11 Sep 2010
This is simply the best book out there on psychiatry. I've worked in a Forensic Medium Secure Unit and at present in a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit and this book is so amazing- it makes assessments so simple. I've been fortunate to have met Dr Stringer and she is probably the best psychiatric doctor I've come across. If any one is interested in psychiatry, this IS the book to buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEST PSYCH BOOK EVER 17 Aug 2010
By treetop
I have just completed my third year at medical school and honestly I could not have survived my exams without this book! It is absolutely brilliant for the following reasons

* It goes over the salient topics that you will ever need to go over in psych at medical student level. It highlights the important points and does not overwhelm you with unnesscary details.

* It has an AMAZING section for how to approach psych OSCEs with all the questions that will guarantee you a good mark!

* It offers a FREE online service whereby you can test yourself on the material you have just read thus helping you to consolidate your knowledge even further.

* Its good value for money and does not rip you off!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Excellent book, very informative and works well as both an introduction to a psychiatry rotation and as a revision guide at the end!
Published 2 months ago by Harkks
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant psychiatry book
I'm a medical student and have found this book really useful during my psychiatry placement. It is clear, easy to understand but incredibly informative. Read more
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It's an easy book to understand and it gives tips on how to approach patients without giving too much information. Very good for medical students or any level to use!
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I got this book and I just wanted to say the book is amazing. It has brilliant pictures which help the visual learner, brilliant unforgettable descriptions and a fun feel that... Read more
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Psychiatry PRN: Principles, Reality, Next Steps

Psychiatry PRN is the BEST Psychiatry book available for medical students. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Albert Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome text for introductory psychiatry
As a second year medical student completing a psychiatry block, I found this text to be a great introductory overview. Would be good if the authors updated now for DSM5.
Published 11 months ago by Brian Seckold
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings out the Jedi psychiatrist within
A geat book, it's easy to read and follow. The use of images are great for people like me and everything is taught through practical example.
Published 21 months ago by Bahsoun
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BIBLE OF PSYCHIATRY!!!
I'm a third year medical student at KCL and am currently on my Psych rotation at the hospital. Psych PRN is the best textbook for undergraduate students hands down!! Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mr. Kush Ruparelia
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome - Simply excellent!
For anyone who hasn't had the amazing experience of listening to Dr. Stringer's lectures in person, this is the next best thing. Read more
Published on 16 Mar 2012 by Salvatore Cognetti
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to know for undergraduate psychiatry
I'm a big fan of this brilliant book. Easy to read. Has really met the needs of medical students - can't think of another psych text book that is as concise, packed with... Read more
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