Psychiatry by Ten Teachers, Second Edition
Most of those students reading this textbook will not become psychiatrists. However, as doctors, all of you, whether in your foundation posts or later, will encounter patients with significant mental health problems and symptoms of psychiatric illnesses. To carry out your role as a doctor effectively, you will require the necessary knowledge and skills. This book has been written to try to address the needs of all students, whatever their career intentions.
The book is largely based around the core curriculum devised as part of the editorsâ€™ work for the Royal College of Psychiatristsâ€™ Scoping Group on Undergraduate Education. The â€˜core curriculumâ€™ arose from a consensus around this work.
In each subject we have tried to be explicit about why the area covered is relevant to you as a medical student, and each chapter gives clinical examples to illustrate the points made. We have sought to avoid overloading you with details but have instead focused on essential information to help you meet the mental health needs of all patients.
In some chapters, for example 1, 3 and 4, you are asked to reflect on your own perspectives as we consider that many societal and professional attitudes towards those with mental illness need to be challenged. We hope you find that this book helps you to get as much as possible from your clinical placements and by the end feel confident that you could recognize and manage mental health problems when you qualify.
It is worth emphasizing that no clinical placement will be successful unless you practice your skills, and no book can substitute for spending time with patients. However, it is helpful to have a framework around which to organize your experience. While this textbook is focused on the needs of all medical students, we would be delighted if using it during your placements makes you consider becoming a psychiatrist. We would be happy to receive any feedback and sincerely hope the book works as it is intended to.
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