The Oxford Textbook of Old Age Psychiatry is the new edition of the much loved textbook previously published as Psychiatry in the Elderly. It has established itself as the standard textbook in its field due to its unique combination of comprehensive coverage, clear writing and authoritative and up-to-date information. This new edition maintains these strengths, with chapters covering the basic sciences underpinning old age psychiatry, clinical practice, psychiatric services for older people, specific disorders and medico-legal and ethical issues.
The text has been extensively updated, with several new chapters added reflecting developments in the speciality. These include chapters on: different psychotherapies, e.g. interpersonal therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy, and electroconvulsive therapy; memory clinics and liaison old age psychiatry; mild cognitive impairment and sleep disorders; and chapters by patients reflecting their experiences of their illnesses. The textbook has expanded to include 73 contributors from 8 different countries covering the panoply of relevant expertise. The editorial team has also grown with Robin Jacoby and Catherine Oppenheimer now being joined by Tom Dening and Alan Thomas.
The breadth of authoritative coverage will continue to make this book one which all old age psychiatrists and trainees will want to have on their bookshelves. Psychiatrists working with younger adults, geriatricians and other health professionals working with older people will also find in this book a handy resource to assist them when dealing with psychiatric disorders in older people.
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About the Authors:
Robin Jacoby studied modern languages (Russian and French) at Oxford, followed by medicine at Oxford and Guy's. He trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology in Southampton University Hospitals where he was a senior house officer and medical registrar. He undertook psychiatric training at the Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospitals, where he was also a consultant for ten years before moving to Oxford in 1994. Currently he is Professor Emeritus of Old Age Psychiatry at the University of Oxford. With Dr Catherine Oppenheimer he edited three editions of Psychiatry in the Elderly published by Oxford University Press. He is Chairman of The Global Initiative on Psychiatry, an international charity dedicated to reform of psychiatry in countries of the former Soviet bloc.
Catherine Oppenheimer graduated from Oxford in physiology and psychology and trained in internal medicine before moving to psychiatry. She took a pioneering role in the development of psychiatric services for older people in Oxfordshire which, before recent government-imposed funding cuts, were a model of best practice. In earlier days she also played an important part in a national drive to achieve equality of career opportunity for women in medicine. She was Medical Director of the then Oxfordshire Mental Healthcare NHS Trust from 1998 to 2003. Her interests are in psychiatric ethics, mental health law, and long term care of older people.
Tom Dening studied Medicine at Newcastle University and trained in Psychiatry in Cambridge and Oxford. Consultant Psychiatrist in Old Age Psychiatry in Cambridge since 1991, and Clinical Director for Old Age Psychiatry during most of that period. From 1999 to 2002 was seconded part-time to the Department of Health as a Senior Professional Adviser, including work on the National Service Framework for Older People. From April 2002, he has been Medical Director of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. Interests include the epidemiology of mental disorders in older people, prediction of response to anti-dementia drugs, psychiatric services and other clinical topics. Published papers on neuropsychiatry, psychiatric symptoms and the history of psychiatry.
Alan Thomas studied medicine at St Andrews University where he completed an intercalated degree in experimental pathology, gaining first class honours and class prize. He completed medical training in Manchester and begun training in psychiatry in Manchester before later moving to Newcastle as a research registrar and later lecturer. He completed a PhD in vascular neuropathology before taking up his current position. He continues in research, publishing extensively, mainly on depression in older people, and lectures on the management of late-life depression on the British Association of Psychopharmacology course. He is dementia lead on NE DeNDRoN, sits on the Clinical Studies Group for DeNDRoN and is RandD Chair and Lead in
Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust.