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Mental Illness - Health and Medical Issues Today (Hardback)
  • Mental Illness - Health and Medical Issues Today (Hardback)

Mental Illness - Health and Medical Issues Today (Hardback)

Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 30/12/2006
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Every day, newspapers and television news programs present stories on the latest controversies over healthcare and medical advances, but they do not have the space to provide detailed background on the issues. Websites and weblogs provide information from activists and partisans intent on presenting their side of a story. But where can students - or even ordinary citizens - go to obtain unbiased, detailed background on the medical issues affecting their daily lives? This volume in the Health and Medical Issues Today series provides readers and researchers a balanced, in-depth introduction to the medical, scientific, legal, and cultural issues surrounding mental health and its import in today's world of healthcare. This volume in the Health and Medical Issues Today series provides everything a student requires to understand the issues involved in mental health and provides a springboard for further research into the issue.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313335655
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 513 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 23 mm
Edition: Annotated edition

"This contribution by Thompson, a medical writer, is a useful history and summary of the broad, controversial arena of mental illness....[t]his book outlines historical perspectives on mental illness, including an appended time line from prehistory through 2006....First-year undergraduates, laypeople, and health care workers with little background knowledge of mental illness would benefit most from this overview. Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates, two-year technical program students, and general readers." - Choice
"Marie Thompson provides a clear and informative introduction to both the history of, and current provision for, the treatment of mental illness....[T]here is much to commend Thompson's book, and it would be of use to undergraduates and BTec students in Health Care, interested general readers (particularly family and relatives of those who are ill), social workers specializing in mental health, and health care workers." - Metapsychology Online Reviews
"Aimed at students and general readers, this volume provides an overview of what is currently known about mental illness. In the early part of the book, medical writer Thompson traces the understanding and treatment of mental illness through the ages and defines the modern biomedical model and the scientific discoveries informing it. Later chapters address controversial issues such as involuntary commitment and health insurance discrimination. Additional references found at the back of the volume include annotated primary documents, a timeline, a glossary, and suggestions for further reading." - SciTech Book News

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