This new edition of Psychiatric Ethics continues to serve as the most authoritative and comprehensive text on the many complex ethical dilemmas which face the clinician in everyday practice. In addition to addressing questions about drug therapy, sex therapy, suicide, and child psychiatry, among others, this up-to-date revision adds six new chapters discussing abuses in psychiatry in Japan and Nazi Germany; a conceptual analysis of what mental illness is; psychiatry as a profession; the ethical aspects of psychogeriatrics; and deinstitutionalization. This book is essential reading for all mental health professionals.
This is the third edition of a comprehensive volume on psychiatric ethics. The editors have updated the two previous editions, the most recent having been published in 1991. "The purpose is to elucidate various aspects of psychiatric ethics, a subject which the editors and contributors consider an established area of study vital to the practice and education of all psychiatrists. While it is arguable whether the importance of psychiatric ethics is as universally recognized as contended here, there is no doubt about the need for books such as this one. It is comprehensive, and generally achieves its stated purpose. "The book is written primarily for students and practitioners of psychiatry. It will also be of interest to other mental health practitioners and students of medical ethics. The contributors are a distinguished group of international experts. "Theoretical, clinical, and historical aspects of psychiatric ethics are presented, including chapters on subspecialty areas such as geriatric and forensic psychiatry. This updated edition addresses interesting and pertinent topics such as the ethics of psychotherapy, managed care practice, and community psychiatry. A new chapter on boundary violations is an important addition, and chapters on the history and philosophical of psychiatric ethics add substance to this volume. The appendix includes various codes of medical ethics, both historical and current. The quality of the chapters is somewhat uneven, although this is a minor problem. The editors' decision to exclude a chapter on the ethics of repressed memory therapy (for lack of an established expert in this area) seems reasonable, and there are no significant omissions inthe book. "This book has little competition, and may represent the only up-to-date, comprehensive textbook of psychiatric ethics available. It is generally a high quality book, thought-provoking at times, and organized in a manner to be useful as a reference text for practicing psychiatrists. It would serve as an excellent text for psychiatric residents.