Book of the Month: Clinical Manual of Emergency Psychiatry

For the month of February, PsychiatryOnline is offering free access to the Clinical Manual of Emergency Psychiatry edited by Michelle B. Riba, M.D., M.S., and Divy Ravindranath, M.D., M.S.

One of the most challenging clinical settings any psychiatrist faces is in the area of psychiatric emergency services. Clinical Manual of Emergency Psychiatry is designed to help medical students, residents, and clinical faculty chart the appropriate course of treatment in a setting where an incorrect assessment can have life and death implications.

In response to the specific demands of the psychiatric emergency setting, the authors, under the editorship of Drs. Michelle B. Riba and Divy Ravindranath, made this manual easy to read and clearly focused on presenting complaints. In Clinical Manual of Emergency Psychiatry, trainees and faculty will find:

  •     Case vignettes of applicable clinical scenarios.
  •     A reflection of widespread practices in various academic centers.
  •     Chapters arranged by chief complaint rather than psychiatric diagnosis.
  •     Key point summaries at the end of each chapter.
  •     An integrated perspective from trainees and experienced psychiatrists.

In addition, many of the chapters in this book underscore the potential for “medical mimics” to cause the presenting complaints, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, catatonia, and cognitive impairment. The recognition that comorbid conditions are often present is critical to the complete assessment of patients in a psychiatric emergency setting.

This book is a must-have for any psychiatric trainee or faculty who works in the often tense and high-stakes psychiatric emergency setting. Patients and families are anxious and fearful, and available clinical information may be sparse or unavailable. The guidelines and approaches outlined in this handbook will be useful to psychiatric students and teachers alike as they work to provide excellent care in the difficult clinical psychiatric emergency situations they encounter.

To access the Book of the Month from the library’s website go to the PsychiatryOnline.org homepage, scroll to the bottom of the page to find Book of the Month. To find PsychiatryOnline on  the Health Sciences Library website select Find Articles> Databases> and select PsyhchiatryOnline from the drop down menu (or browse by letter or title).

You’ll have access to Clinical Manual of Emergency Psychiatry as a PDF download for the month of February.


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