© 2008

The Medical Basis of Psychiatry

  • S. Hossein Fatemi
  • Paula J. Clayton

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXII
  2. Syndromes—Adult

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Hagop S. Akiskal
      Pages 3-16
    3. Hillel Grossman
      Pages 39-45
    4. Paula J. Clayton
      Pages 47-71
    5. David L. Dunner
      Pages 73-83
    6. S. Hossein Fatemi
      Pages 85-108
    7. William Coryell
      Pages 109-123
    8. Raymond R. Crowe, Marc-Andre Roy
      Pages 125-131
    9. Richard C. Shelton, Aaron J. Hunt
      Pages 133-159
    10. Tanya K. Murphy, Sarah Frazier, Soo-Jeong Kim
      Pages 161-180
    11. C. Robert Cloninger, Mehmet Dokucu
      Pages 181-194
    12. Elke D. Eckert
      Pages 195-211
    13. Karen J. Derefinko, Thomas A. Widiger
      Pages 213-226
    14. James C. Garbutt
      Pages 227-249
    15. Joseph Westermeyer, Gihyun Yoon
      Pages 251-266
    16. Nancy C. Raymond, Jon E. Grant
      Pages 267-283
  3. Child Psychiatry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 299-299

About this book


Psychiatry has emerged as a burgeoning scientific field with major advances in etiology and treatment of several disorders. Just as there was excitement in the anatomic advances that took place a hundred years ago when Emil Kraepelin and his collaborators took on the enormous task of classification of psychiatric disorders based on rational scientific thinking, new advances in genetics, biochemistry, neuroanatomy and pharmacotherapy of mental disorders have brought us even closer to a better understanding of complex disorders like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and even autism. The major goal of the previous edition of this classic book was to update the busy clinician, psychiatric resident and medical student with the most up-to-date information on etiology, diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders. This goal remains the focus of the third edition of this book. In this updated and expanded edition, the reader is provided with the most contemporary information and literature supported by a close survey of the field. Several new chapters dealing with new concepts in biology and treatment of mental disorders have been added. This new edition of this classic title, with its focus on biologic and medical aspects of psychiatry, will continue to be of significant help to all interested in the scientific practice of psychiatry.


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Editors and affiliations

  • S. Hossein Fatemi
    • 1
  • Paula J. Clayton
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Minnesota Medical School MedicineSE MinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.American Foundation for Suicide PreventionNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Medical Basis of Psychiatry
  • Editors S. Hossein Fatemi
    Paula J. Clayton
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Humana Press, a part of Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008
  • Publisher Name Humana Press
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-58829-917-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4939-6088-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-59745-252-6
  • Edition Number 3
  • Number of Pages XXII, 799
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Origanlly published under Winokur, G. (Eds) by Philadelphia, PA, Saunders, 1994
  • Topics Psychiatry
    Internal Medicine
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


From the reviews of the third edition:

"This is an update of a comprehensive textbook of psychiatry focuses on a medical-model approach. … the book is written for practicing clinicians, psychiatry residents, and medical students. … Each chapter has an exhaustive list of references, and a thorough index ends the book. … It is well organized, user friendly, easy to read, and comprehensive. … This book is a must have for any practicing psychiatrist." (William Miles, Doody’s Review Service, November, 2008)

“The Medical Basis of Psychiatry is a major contributor to psychiatric education, serving as an authoritative source now for more than a generation of mental health clinicians. … The textbook covers the essentials of our field in a balanced and remarkably comprehensive manner. … will be a great asset to residents and other trainees. … The skilled editors … and contributing authors are to be congratulated for providing us with this outstanding text.” (Peter F. Buckley, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Vol. 71 (8), August, 2010)

“The book is divided into four sections … . I found the editor’s fresh approach exciting and provoking thought in areas that have gathered dust since my student days. The writing is clear and concise, the illustrations relevant and the overall sense as one thumbs through the pages is that the book was created with love and attention. I have placed it prominently among my private collection of texts I use to consult when searching for solid and novel data.” (Yoram Barak, Israel Journal of Psychiatry, November, 2010)