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Maudsley Handbook of Practical Psychiatry (Oxford Pocket Medicine)
Maudsley Handbook of Practical Psychiatry (Oxford Pocket Medicine)
by David Goldberg
Edition: Paperback

17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A vital guide to psychiatry for all mental health workers!, 8 Nov 2004
I'd previously heard of the 'Orange Book' a few years ago, but had never actually come across it. When I recently started a new job in mental health, I decided to actually buy myself a copy.
The book is pocket sized with a plastic cover, which is obviously designed to be carried around in the junior doctor's white coat during the psychiatric ward rounds! However, don't let that put you off buying a copy for yourself, because if you're a mental health worker/nurse it will be equally as useful.
The book is divided into chapters covering a vast range of topics including a detailed explanation of the Mental Health Act 1983 (including the proposed changes), child and adolescent psychiatry, when to refer to specialists, drug and alcohol misuse, eating disorders, treatments for mental illness including ECT, in addition to several checklists and formats for interviewing older people, adults and children presenting with psychiatric symptoms. One of the most useful chapters is on dealing with specific problems commonly encountered in psychiatry such as how to cope with clients becoming dependent on you, buying you gifts, requesting you prescribe controlled drugs etc.
Overall, the Maudsley Handbook of Practical Psychiatry is essential reading for all professionals working in the area of mental health, and even those who simply have a personal interest in psychiatry including mental health service users themselves.

Dream Cards
Dream Cards
by Leon Nacson
Edition: Cards

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An delightful way of influencing your dreams!, 30 May 2004
This review is from: Dream Cards (Cards)
I''ve always been interested in the way our life has an influence over our dreams and vice-versa. So I found myself immediately drawn to these Dream Cards by Leon Nacson.
The Dream Cards consist of a 65-card deck, with each one beautifully illustrated with sketches and pictures along with an specific affirmation written on it. The idea is that you pick a card out of the deck that you particularly like, or is most relevant to you at that moment in time. You then repeat the affirmation over and over in your head whilst dropping off to sleep. The following morning you wake up and once again repeat the affirmation and momentarily think of it throughout the day.
I was initially fairly sceptical as to whether this was likely to really influence my dreams and life in general. However, within a few days of using the Dream Cards I did notice a change in my dreams. I'm usually quite prone to suffering from bad dreams, but whilst using the Dream Cards I found myself having very pleasant dreams and sleeping much better at night. I also found myself feeling significantly happier throughout the day and feeling positive towards my life.
I would definitely recommend the Dream Cards to anyone who has even a slightest interest in dreams - you may be pleasantly surprised by the impact they have on your dreams and life in general!

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Las Vegas - Season 1 Part 1 [DVD] [2001]
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Las Vegas - Season 1 Part 1 [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Marg Helgenberger
Offered by TMT Media
Price: 9.35

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all US Cop show style drama fans!, 18 Mar 2004
Although in my title for this review I have stated that CSI: Series 1 - Part 1, is a must for all US cop show style fans, I don't wish to imply that CSI is only suitable for US cop show fans. On the contrary, I think CSI holds a more diverse appeal than it presently receives. Everyone should be made to watch this!
This box set provides the perfect introduction into the world of Crime Scene Investigators, which is set in Las Vegas so many of the crimes and investigations take place with the casino's and desert as the backdrop. The acting is first-class (and the actor who plays Grissom can also be seen as the lead role in the film Manhunter) and with the mixture of superb camera shots and close-ups inter-twined with the gritty scientific equipment and processes, it's difficult not to feel deeply engrossed.
Considering that each episode is around 42 minutes in length, the amount of sheer action and excitement that is packed into each episode is unbelievable! This box set DVD contains the first 12 episodes of Series 1 and has a few neat (although brief) featurettes thrown in for good measure e.g. cast and crew interviews, behind the scenes documentary. So even if you haven't seen CSI before (I'd only seen one episode on telly before I bought this box set) it's well worth your time and money!

Welcome to Methadonia: A Social Worker's Candid Account of Life in a Methadone Clinic
Welcome to Methadonia: A Social Worker's Candid Account of Life in a Methadone Clinic
by Rachel Grenne Baldino
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and informative guide to methadone treatment, 9 Feb 2004
Due to the fact that this author is American and that her book is based on a methadone clinic in the US, I was slightly sceptical about how relevant this book would be for a reader (like myself) who is living in England. However, I'm pleased to say that I was proved wrong!
Rachel Greene-Baldino had just graduated from college as a fully qualified Social Worker and her first proper job took place in a methadone clinic as a drug counsellor. As Greene-Baldino had no prior experience of working in the area of drug treatment and addiction, it soon became apparent to her that it wasn't what she had expected. Greene-Baldino stayed on at the methadone clinic for a year but in that time was able to learn a great deal about "methadonia" (a tongue-in-cheek term used by clients to describe the methadone clinic).
Greene-Baldino takes neither a pro-drugs or anti-drugs stance in her writing, but makes several criticisms and suggestions for changes in drug treatment (like prescribing LAAM in place of methadone which in her opinion would deem methadone clinics a thing of the past). It is a highly informative book, covering various topics including; treatment options available, a methadone counsellor's role involving being a "pseudo-cop" having to enforce rules and regulations with their clients, the humiliation of urinalysis, starting methadone treatment, and working with dual-diagnosis clients etc. There are also several interesting case studies, and other anecdotal evidence.
I would recommend this book to drug counsellors and drug users alike, as I believe both groups of people would benefit and gain a great deal of knowledge from reading this book. In addition, it is essential reading matter for social workers, drug action teams and substance misuse workers in general who will also enjoy this.

Pokemon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire
Pokemon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire
Offered by Planet Games And Gadgets
Price: 64.99

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A highly addictive and enjoyable GBC rendition!, 5 Feb 2004
I came across the original Pokemon Pinball game (which was released on the Gameboy Color a few years back) in a bargain bin and snapped it up! It was a good enough game but was slightly hampered by the fact that you were unable to see the whole pinball table all in one complete screenshot, so it became a real headache trying to follow the pinball.
Pokemon Pinball Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire on the Gameboy Advance was then released and I think Nintendo have done sterling work with this rendition of the original. Gone is the old problematic screenshots, and in with the new. Now you are able to see the whole pinball table which glides smoothly up and down as the ball spins off various obstacles. No more headaches!
Like the GBC version, the purpose of the game is to catch various Pokemon (there are over 200 to catch and collect) from two pinball tables - the Ruby table and the Sapphire table. There isn't a vast difference between the two, but like in the Pokemon adventure games, you can only catch certain pokemon from the Ruby pinball table and vice-versa. All in all this is a highly polished game and is incredibly addictive. It's not just the collecting of the pokemon (which is a reasonable challenge in itself), but also the smooth handling and control of the pinball tables that make this game such a joy to play. If you're after a decent pinball game - go for Pokemon Pinball Ruby & Sapphire, regardless of whether you're a Pokemon fan because you won't be disappointed.

From the Inside: Life in a Women's Prison - By the Charity Worker Who Should Never Have Been There
From the Inside: Life in a Women's Prison - By the Charity Worker Who Should Never Have Been There
by Ruth Wyner
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read, but slightly self-pitying, 22 Nov 2003
I remember the case of the "Cambridge Two" when it was mentioned in the press a few years back. I followed the story through reading various articles featured in The Guardian, and when I heard Ruth Wyner had written a book about her experiences of prison life I decided to buy it.
Although the vast majority of the book was an interesting read, there were times when Wyner was incredibly self-absorbed and self-pitying with only the odd mention of John Brock (her co-defendant) and the plight he and his family must have been going through. I sympathise to an extent what happened to Wyner and Brock in so far as the custodial sentence was completely inappropriate and unjustified in this instance. However, I suspect that Wyner was slightly more knowledgeable about the drug use going on at Wintercomfort shelter than she lets on in the book.

Sony MDWM MiniDisc Case
Sony MDWM MiniDisc Case

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expensive - but you do get smart style and quality!, 19 Nov 2003
I have owned a Sony Minidisc for nearly two years, and although I have always been content with using my Minidisc in the home, I wasn't comfortable taking it outside with me. This was due to the fact that although my Minidisc is small and neat enough to fit into my coat pockets, I wanted something a bit more secure and snug to hold it in.
I bought the Sony MDWM Minidisc case recently, and have been really pleased with it. The wristband fits perfectly round your arm, and the Minidisc slots into the front pouch easily. The case is made out of good quality materials (arm band has towelling material to absorb moisture, rest of case and pouch is tough, hard-wearing material) and comes in dark grey.
Overall the Sony MDWM Minidisc case is quite expensive for what it is, but having said that though you do get a smart style case and quality for your money. I certainly haven't regretted purchasing it.

Junky (Essential Penguin)
Junky (Essential Penguin)
by William S Burroughs
Edition: Paperback

27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An accurate and honest portrayal of heroin addiction, 23 Aug 2003
Having personally experienced heroin addiction, I was intrigued and keen to read Junky and I wasn't disappointed. Although Junky was published in the 1950s, it's excellent depiction of drug addiction and the associated lifestyle hasn't aged in the slightest (although disposable needles and syringes - 'works' - have replaced eyedroppers).
What I particularly liked about Junky, is that Burroughs isn't remotely self-pitying, even when he describes 'taking the cure' in a hospital and going through bouts of 'junk sickness'. Burroughs also manages to keep the reader completely focused on the book, with eager anticipation about what's going to happen next. Although Junky isn't a particularly long book (it only took a few days to read) it's like a slow-release euphoric experience from beginning to end!

Complete Family Health Guide
Complete Family Health Guide
by Tony Smith
Edition: Hardcover

54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Information suitable for patients and doctors alike!, 21 Sep 2002
The Complete Family Health Guide contains an absolute wealth of information on all aspects of health and health care - taking you through the initial diagnosis stage; the medical tests you're likely to need to confirm such a diagnosis; what the treatment entails; and overall prognosis and management. It's incredibly detailed throughout, and for each illness/disease there is also a link to websites and organisations containing further information.
The other topics covered in depth are all prescribed medicines and drugs (including information on side-effects); a guide to the different types and levels of hospital and community based care and what to expect; mental health issues; and symptom charts with diagnostic tools enabling you to come to a conclusion as to what maybe wrong with you and whether or not to contact your doctor or hospital.
There is also a chapter on genetics and how your genetic make-up can affect your health, and there is also a chapter using the 'cradle-to-grave' approach which outlines the types of illnesses affecting each age group and life stage.
I think health practitioners would benefit from this book just as much as patients, and you'd be hard pressed to come across another medical book as clear and concise as this one. I would also say that this book is likely to last about 20 years before you need to think about replacing it for an updated version.

Monsters, Inc. --Widescreen Two Disc Collector's Edition [DVD] [2002]
Monsters, Inc. --Widescreen Two Disc Collector's Edition [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Billy Crystal
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 12.99

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable and stunning treat for adults too!, 13 Sep 2002
I was unable to see Monsters, Inc during it's cinema release so I decided to buy it on DVD instead.
The plot revolves around the Monsters, Inc factory which produces electricity from children's screams! The two main characters are the lovable and gentle giant Sulley (who is currently Head Scarer at the factory!), and his equally friendly best pal and co-worker Mike. Sulley and Mike are having an average day at work, when a child (Boo) accidently enters the factory and everything goes haywire! Although the plot isn't terribly sophisticated, it still manages to suck you in and you find yourself eagerly anticipating what happens next. Pixar do deserve many awards for the sheer originality and imagination that has gone into this film - from the Child Detection Agency, through to the door factory you can see how much effort has gone into the entire film.
The animation in Monsters, Inc is absolutely stunning too, and even the most cynical and critical movie buff could fail to be impressed. The movement and texture of Sulley's fur is perfect, and Boo is eerily realistic as a child - her gurgles and choreography alike. What makes Monsters, Inc such a gem is that each and everyone of the monsters has their own personality and Roz has got to be one of my favourites!
I purchased the Collectors 2-Disc Edition of Monsters, Inc and certainly don't regret it. It's jam-packed with features and includes a hilarious short - "Mike's Car". Monsters, Inc is one of those films that will stick in your mind, and is one of the those few films that is genuinely enjoyable for both children and adults.

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