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BOOK REVIEW Table of Contents   
Year : 2010  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 197
Textbook of Psychiatry

Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Central Institute of Psychiatry, Ranchi, India

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Date of Web Publication22-Jun-2010

How to cite this article:
Sinha VK. Textbook of Psychiatry. Indian J Psychiatry 2010;52:197

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Sinha VK. Textbook of Psychiatry. Indian J Psychiatry [serial online] 2010 [cited 2022 Dec 8];52:197. Available from:

Author: Sujata Sethi

Publisher: Elsevier, A Division of Reed Elsevier India Private Limited, New Delhi

Pages: 233, Price: Rs. 295/-

This slim book has been brought out by Elsevier, a division of Reed Elsevier India Private Limited, New Delhi, and is a useful addition in the field of psychiatry for young readers. When I first got a copy of this book, it reminded me of my pre postgraduate days in the early eighties. One had to really struggle for small textbooks to complete in the entrance examinations.

In a book review, it is customary to introduce the author, but how do I introduce the author of this book? I have observed Dr. Sethi as a post graduate student at the Central Institute of Psychiatry, Ranchi. She drew my attention while having healthy discussions in weekly academic forums and on topics beyond those formally prescribed. She has been compassionate to her patients, colleagues and acquaintances. Dr. Sethi subsequently rose to acquire academic prominence, which proves my faith in her.

Textbook of Psychiatry has 24 chapters pertaining to various psychiatric disorders and their treatment. The second chapter of the book on Interviewing and Assessment in Psychiatry needs special mention. It is concise and well written, which shows the author's command over interviewing techniques which is still not taught properly at many centers. Those who intend to study mental health should study this chapter. Subsequent chapters on Cognitive Disorders, Psychoactive Substance Use Related Disorders, Schizophrenia and Mood Disorders would prove to be beneficial, in particular, for fresh entrants to psychiatry to remember and clear doubts.

The most fascinating part of this book is the inclusion of separate chapters like Signs and Symptoms of Psychiatric Disorders, Psychiatric Aspects of AIDS, Suicide and Deliberate Self-Harm, Disorders of Old Age and Legal Issues in Psychiatry. These chapters would help not only psychiatric residents but also general physicians to orient themselves in these areas. Treatment issues have been dealt under Somatic Treatment and Psychotherapies. One can benefit initially and subsequently enhance one's knowledge after reading the basics of therapies.

This book can be a very useful resource for undergraduate students seeking a career in mental health, teachers and general practitioners. I recommend this book for students undertaking their viva-voce or before facing their interview for quick reference. It has been written in simple language with suitable tables. Snippets under the heading "Learning Objectives" are eye-catching and would be of great help to readers to clear their doubts. Dr. Sethi has succeeded in the daunting task of making the book relevant for young readers on the verge of entering into psychiatry as a profession.

Correspondence Address:
Vinod K Sinha
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Central Institute of Psychiatry, Ranchi
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