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Literature and Psychiatry


Allan Beveridge, Martyn Evans, Femi Oyebode, John Skelton, Ed Day, Iain Smith, Christopher A. Vassilas, Anupama Iyer, Gordon Bates
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  • Date Published: January 2009
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781904671602

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  • What can psychiatry learn from literature? For psychiatrists, literary texts can be valuable tools for furthering our understanding of patients and their conditions. This book explores the fruitful relationships between the written word and central aspects of psychiatric practice. It includes newly commissioned chapters plus articles originally published in the journal Advances in Psychiatric Treatment that have been reworked and updated. The contributors examine such topics as: why doctors should read fiction and the place of literature in medical education; the varied genres of autobiography, fiction, poetry and letters; and a range of topics, including addictions, ageing and dementia, intellectual disability and autism. The authors explore the description and representation of mental states, the lived experience of distress, the character of psychiatry as a system and the institutional practices of psychiatry. Although written by psychiatrists primarily for psychiatrists, this collection offers a fascinating and accessible insight into mental illness through the pages of novels, poetry and autobiographies to be found in any bookshop.

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    • Date Published: January 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781904671602
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.28kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The benefits of reading literature Allan Beveridge
    2. Roles for literature in medical education Martyn Evans
    3. Autobiographical narrative and psychiatry Femi Oyebode
    4. Fictional narrative and psychiatry Femi Oyebode
    5. Poetry and psychiatry Femi Oyebode
    6. Letters and psychiatry: the case of Franz Kafka Femi Oyebode
    7. Death and dying in literature John Skelton
    8. Literary and biographical perspectives on substance use Ed Day and Iain Smith
    9. Dementia and literature Christopher A. Vassilas
    10. Portrayal of intellectual disability in fiction Anupama Iyer
    11. Autism in fiction and autobiography Gordon Bates.

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    Femi Oyebode


    Allan Beveridge, Martyn Evans, Femi Oyebode, John Skelton, Ed Day, Iain Smith, Christopher A. Vassilas, Anupama Iyer, Gordon Bates

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