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  • 5 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 254 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.66 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 616.89
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: RC512 .M366 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Psychoses
    • Psychotic Disorders
    • Acute Disease
    • Longitudinal Studies

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521835183 | ISBN-10: 0521835186)

Brief and acute psychotic disorders with a short duration and a generally good prognosis have long intrigued psychiatrists. Although they are included in internationally accepted diagnostic systems, understanding of these disorders remains minimal. This book is the first comprehensive overview of the clinical features, biology, course and long-term outcome of brief and acute psychoses. The authors review the world literature on the topic and they also present data from their own longitudinal study - the most complete investigation of this group of disorders so far conducted. The book concludes with considerations of the nosological status of brief and acute psychoses and their impact on our understanding of the continuum of psychotic and affective disorders.

• Covers all aspects of acute and transient psychoses, from history of diagnosis to prognosis and treatment • Incorporates data from the biggest longitudinal study • Examines the impact of these disorders on general understanding of the psychotic disorders


Part I. History and Concepts: 1. Psychiatric sculptors and psychiatric sculptures: the unformed clay and Kraepelin's vision; 2. Concepts and synonym; Part II. Studies and Findings: 3. Studies on brief and acute psychoses; 4. Frequency and sociobiographic characteristics of acute and transient psychotic disorders (ATPD) and brief psychoses (BP); 5. The clinical features of the acute episode; 6. Treatment; 7. The longitudinal course; 8. The long-term outcome; 9. Suicidal behaviour; 10. Comorbidity and somatic findings; Part III. Issues of Nosology: 11. Defining the brief, acute and transient psychotic disorders: the polymorphic psychotic core; 12. What are brief, acute and transient psychotic disorders?; 13. Brief polymorphic psychoses as a component of a psychotic continuum; Appendix; References; Index.


'I believe the book is of great interest to qualified psychiatrists and academic researchers, and may be of higher standard to psychiatric residents and medical students, and for its purpose, I believe it is a good buy.' Saudi Medical Journal

'The book is an authoritative source of information for researchers and clinicians who are seriously interested in learning about these ephemeral clinical states that challenge researchers and clinicians alike … it is a most welcome central source of information about the seminal research contributions form other continents … The authors have skillfully woven a beautiful tapestry with the research threads of various parts of the world.' Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

'The book is very well written and presented.' Quarterly Journal of Mental Health

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