Year : 2013  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 102-

Current themes in Psychiatry in theory and practice

M Kishor 
 Department of Psychiatry JSS Medical College and Hospital, JSS University, Mysore, Karnataka, India

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M Kishor
Department of Psychiatry JSS Medical College and Hospital, JSS University, Mysore, Karnataka

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Edited by: Niruj Agarwal, Jim Bolton and Raghunandan GaindPublisher: Palgrave MacmillanPublished in January 2012Pages: 296, Price: $85

The book begins with quote by Sir William Osler, "The Practice of medicine is an art not trade, a calling, not a business. A calling in which your heart will be exercised equally with your head." The quote is indeed a timeless message for clinicians of all branches of medicine. It also indirectly lays emphasis on the current themes which are like an exercise to the brain of a busy clinician.

This book, which has been noted as continuation of series "Current Themes in Psychiatry" from late 1970s under Dr. Raghunandan Gaind, should reassure any reader that it is work of professionals who have vast experience in publishing. This is reflected in the entire book with clear delineation of each section, segregation of chapters with key learning points, and choice of authors, who are known for their interest in those areas.

The book consists of 14 chapters divided into three sections and authored by 24 experts. Section on issues of contemporary concern begins with chapter "Culture and Mental Health." This is interesting and a must for upcoming consultants and also necessary update for any clinician who overlooks anything beyond biological psychiatry. It would have been perfect end to the chapter, if the authors could have given reference to a key point in page 11, para 3 which states "Evidence is beginning to accumulate that strategy of integration (i.e., cultural understanding) causes least mental disorder and distress."

Section on interface of medicine and psychiatry begins with chapter on "Symptoms unexplained by disease" and ends with chapter on "Physical consequences of eating disorders." The book provides no rationale for choice of topics within each section, thereby confusing enthusiastic readers.

The last section of the book is on therapeutic challenges. It begins with "Neuroleptic-induced movement disorders: Past and present." Many may consider that the issue of "metabolic syndrome" would have been more appropriate to begin with. One wonders whether the authors have delegated that responsibility to other speciality. The last chapter in this section, surprisingly, is "Biofeedback in psychiatric practice." Although well written, serious reader may question its inclusion in the section on therapeutic challenges.

One of the highlights of this book is that it has been noted as authoritative up-to-date overview of range of topics. A closer look at references at the end of each chapter may unsettle any keen reader that, most of references end by 2007 and only handful after 2007!!! Even though the book is published in 2012, essentially all updates are older by 5 years. This also reflects the daunting task of publishers to keep up with so-called real time, updates in online and other media.

Lastly, the book can be an excellent collection for any institution and does make an interesting reading for clinician because of its lucid presentation on range of topics, written by well-known authors.