This book offers a broad and scholarly synthesis of the current knowledge--and controversies--about somatoform and factitious disorders. Here you'll find up-to-date, clinically focused overviews of these intriguing and often difficult-to-treat disorders.
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Katherine A. Phillips, M.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University School of Medicine in Providence, Rhode Island. She is also Associate Medical Director of Ambulatory Care and Director of Body Dysmorphic Disorder at Butler Hospital in Providence.
ContributorsIntroduction to the Review of Psychiatry SeriesForewordChapter 1. Somatization DisorderChapter 2. HypochondriasisChapter 3. Body Dysmorphic DisorderChapter 4. Conversion DisorderChapter 5. Factitious DisorderAfterwordIndex
"The chapters present a nice balance between theory and practical management. Despite the relative brevity of the book, I found the reviews comprehensive enough for the book to be used as a reference text. I would recommend this as a textbook to primary care residents as part of their training. They must contend with somatoform disorders on a daily basis. I would also highly recommend the book to any mental health professional who consults regularly with medical colleagues. When I am consulted for the impossible task of having to 'rule out conversion disorder, ' it will be good to know that this text is on my bookshelf."-- "Robert J. Gregory, M.D., Psychosomatics", "September 2003" "This book makes for interesting and useful reading. In this age of psychopharmacology, second-messenger systems, and gene expression, it is refreshing to be reminded that there still exists in psychiatry several disorders that cannot be adequately explained by receptor dysregulation, nor easily treated with a simple prescription. Because these disorders are still commonly seen, it would behoove practicing psychiatrists to review them thoroughly; this book serves that function well."-- "Doody Publishing", "October 2001" "This is a valuable addition to the existing literature.... The chapters are clearly written, with several case illustrations, and provide a helpful update of the literature."-- "Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics", "July/August 2002"
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