A new clinical handbook
by Dr M. Castle and Dr R.
In November 2007 a clinical handbook called Acute Psychiatry will be published
by Elsevier Press. There were three broad remits that we had
in mind when writing Acute Psychiatry. Firstly that it could
be used by junior doctors while walking to casualty. Secondly
that it would help with preparation for the consultant ward
round and thirdly that it would be used during outpatient
Acute Psychiatry is divided into three sections.
The first section details the requirements of a clinical assessment.
It provides a structured approach to taking a history, carrying
out the mental state examination, ordering investigations,
compiling a differential diagnosis and organising the management
The second section runs through the most common clinical presentations
one encounters in acute psychiatry. Each chapter in this section
addresses a different clinical presentation, such as low mood,
listing the differential diagnosis and outlining how one can
both refine the diagnosis and initiate acute management.
The third section addresses further management of the more
common psychiatric disorders.
The principles underpinning this book are the same as those
underpinning the C&J course and we anticipate that the course
and the book can be used synergistically. We also anticipate
that further editions of Acute Psychiatry will evolve as developments
in clinical psychiatry occur.
If a reader identifies an important point of clinical practice
omitted in the first edition then we would encourage them
to submit that point as a potential addition to the next edition
of Acute Psychiatry. All we require is one or two paragraphs
outlining the point and the reason for its inclusion, a suggestion
about where it should be included, and if required, a supporting
reference. We would expect contributions to cover subjects
such as new diagnostic points, psychometric tests, and important
additions to management. We would also welcome suggestions
about the inclusion of new chapters. Suggestions should be
submitted to the email address below. Any submission included
in the next edition will be credited at the front of that
"Acute Psychiatry" is particularly useful to CASC candidates and is available as part of the course package.
Submission email address: firstname.lastname@example.org