A Short Introduction to Psychiatry
- Linda Gask - University of Manchester, UK
Counselling and Psychotherapy (General) | Learning Disabilities & Rehabilitation | Psychiatry
The author describes the development of the profession, the route to qualification and the scope of contemporary practice, including the work done by psychiatrists in a range of specialisms - from child psychiatry to addiction services and forensic psychiatry. Drawing on the experience of people who have been through psychiatric treatment, the book also explores what psychiatry is like from the patient's/user's perspective.
Many criticisms have been levelled against the profession and the author, Linda Gask, summarizes key debates which have been and continue to be played out between psychiatry's critics and its defenders.
A Short Introduction to Psychiatry is for anyone looking into psychiatry for the first time, whether with a view to training or out of more general interest.
This was a useful guide with detailed explanations, probably too specific for a general course and a bit beyond a simple introductory level.