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1. What is psychiatry?

1. What is psychiatry?  

Tom Burns

in Psychiatry: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Oct 2018
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Oct 2018
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9780191865145
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10.1093/actrade/9780198826200.003.0001
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9780198826200
Psychiatry deals with consciousness, choice, motivation, free will, relationships—everything that makes us human. ‘What is psychiatry?’ emphasizes that psychiatry is a branch of medicine ... More
3. Medicine in the hospital

3. Medicine in the hospital  

William Bynum

in The History of Medicine: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780191776984
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10.1093/actrade/9780199215430.003.0004
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9780199215430
‘Medicine in the hospital’ charts the ‘medical revolution’ seen in nineteenth-century France, and the development of new techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of physical and mental ... More
5. Inconsistencies about madness

5. Inconsistencies about madness  

Michael Dunn and Tony Hope

in Medical Ethics: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Nov 2018
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Nov 2018
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9780191853173
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10.1093/actrade/9780198815600.003.0005
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9780198815600
‘Inconsistencies about madness’ examines the different standards used in enforcing treatment and secure accommodation for those with and without mental disorder and considers the links with ... More
3. When timing goes wrong

3. When timing goes wrong  

Russell G. Foster and Leon Kreitzman

in Circadian Rhythms: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2017
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Mar 2017
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9780191787164
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10.1093/actrade/9780198717683.003.0003
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9780198717683
While time of day, interacting with an individual’s chronotype, can have an important impact upon performance and health, severe disruption of the circadian system adds another level of ... More
HIV & AIDS: A Very Short Introduction

HIV & AIDS: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Alan Whiteside

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2016
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Nov 2016
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9780191793639
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10.1093/actrade/9780198727491.001.0001
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book
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9780198727491
HIV/AIDS: A Very Short Introduction provides an introduction to AIDS—the most serious human epidemic in centuries—tackling the science, politics, demographics, and devastating ... More
7. Dreaming as delirium: sleep and mental illness

7. Dreaming as delirium: sleep and mental illness  

J. Allan Hobson

in Dreaming: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191775499
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802156.003.0007
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9780192802156
‘Dreaming as delirium’ shows that dreaming and severe mental illness are not only analogous, but identical. It is easy to imagine that physical changes in brain state can produce psychosis, ... More
Public Health: A Very Short Introduction

Public Health: A Very Short Introduction  

Virginia Berridge

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Jul 2016
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Jul 2016
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9780191785481
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10.1093/actrade/9780199688463.001.0001
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9780199688463
Public Health: A Very Short Introduction explores the areas that fall under the remit of public health, and explains how the individual histories of different countries have ... More
Psychiatry: A Very Short Introduction

Psychiatry: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Tom Burns

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Oct 2018
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Oct 2018
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9780191865145
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10.1093/actrade/9780198826200.001.0001
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9780198826200
Psychiatry: A Very Short Introduction explores the nature of psychiatry, focusing on what it can and cannot do, and discussing why its history has been beset by dramatic shifts ... More
4. Illness, death, and the demographic impact

4. Illness, death, and the demographic impact  

Alan Whiteside

in HIV & AIDS: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Nov 2016
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Nov 2016
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9780191793639
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10.1093/actrade/9780198727491.003.0004
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9780198727491
‘Illness, death, and the demographic impact’ outlines how the effects of AIDS can be measured through demographic indicators. Demographic consequences of AIDS may include: increased deaths ... More
5. Why dream? The functions of brain activation in sleep

5. Why dream? The functions of brain activation in sleep  

J. Allan Hobson

in Dreaming: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191775499
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802156.003.0005
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9780192802156
‘Why dream?’ 5 considers the implication for the development of the abundant, florid REM sleep of all mammalian newborns, the changes that occur during brain development, and the effects of ... More
4. The state in the bedroom

4. The state in the bedroom  

Véronique Mottier

in Sexuality: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780191777196
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10.1093/actrade/9780199298020.003.0005
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9780199298020
The sexual revolution of the 1960s, brought on by reliable methods of contraception, the legalization of abortion, and the relaxation of moral controls led to greater openness, legal ... More
5. Genius and madness

5. Genius and madness  

Andrew Robinson

in Genius: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191778056
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10.1093/actrade/9780199594405.003.0005
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9780199594405
The idea of a connection between genius and madness has a long history. ‘Genius and madness’ considers the beliefs from Aristotle through to the modern day. Three studies of different types ... More
1. Madness unbound

1. Madness unbound  

Andrew Scull

in Madness: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191778230
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10.1093/actrade/9780199608034.003.0001
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9780199608034
‘Madness unbound ’ explores social responses to madness. Our interpretations of it, and our notions of what is to be done about it, have varied remarkably over the centuries. Our early ... More
5. When learning goes wrong

5. When learning goes wrong  

Mark Haselgrove

in Learning: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2016
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Jul 2016
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9780191785412
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10.1093/actrade/9780199688364.003.0005
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9780199688364
Learning can be very adaptive, but sometimes, for some reason, it goes wrong. First, the properties of learning can go awry, so that inappropriate associations develop. Alternatively, ... More
2. Family affairs

2. Family affairs  

Andrew Robinson

in Genius: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191778056
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10.1093/actrade/9780199594405.003.0002
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9780199594405
‘Family affairs’ discusses the role of parents, siblings, partners, offspring, and grandparents in the creation or nurture of geniuses. There is clearly some relationship between heredity ... More
6. Chameleon personalities

6. Chameleon personalities  

Andrew Robinson

in Genius: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191778056
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10.1093/actrade/9780199594405.003.0006
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9780199594405
Is there a personality conducive to genius? ‘Chameleon personalities’ considers this question by looking at personality traits. Personality is now widely tested using a ‘five-factor model’. ... More
5. Psychiatry under attack—inside and out

5. Psychiatry under attack—inside and out  

Tom Burns

in Psychiatry: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Oct 2018
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Oct 2018
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9780191865145
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10.1093/actrade/9780198826200.003.0005
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chapter
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9780198826200
‘Psychiatry under attack’ focuses on the contradictions inherent in psychiatry. The mind–brain relationship is the big issue in psychiatry. It would be simple if psychiatry were just about ... More
7. Into the 21st century

7. Into the 21st century  

Tom Burns

in Psychiatry: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Oct 2018
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Oct 2018
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9780191865145
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10.1093/actrade/9780198826200.003.0007
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9780198826200
‘Into the 21st century’ explains how there is an increased focus on how our body, and not just the brain, influences our mental health. Rapidly advancing computer technology, including ... More
The History of Medicine: A Very Short Introduction

The History of Medicine: A Very Short Introduction  

William Bynum

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2008
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776984
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199215430.001.0001
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book
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9780199215430
The History of Medicine: A Very Short Introduction assesses the origins and development of medicine from ancient times, through the scholastic medieval tradition and the ... More
4. Cells and molecules of the dreaming brain

4. Cells and molecules of the dreaming brain  

J. Allan Hobson

in Dreaming: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2005
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775499
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192802156.003.0004
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780192802156
‘Cells and molecules of the dreaming brain’ shows that REM sleep always involves intense brain self-activation, occurs in all mammalian species, is carefully controlled by a genetically ... More

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