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Free Books on Psychiatry
for health professionals

A number of books on psychiatry are available on the Internet
for health professionals and the general public.
In this section we highlight a selection that can be downloaded FREE.

Click on the titles to download the books.
Many of the files are quite large and will take several minutes to download especially on a slow connection. - Be patient - you are getting a full book for free !!

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The Cerebral Code - Thinking a Thought in the Mosaics of the Mind
by William H. Calvin - MIT Press
This book proposes a new theory for how Darwin’s evolutionary process could operate in the brain, improving ideas on the time scale of thought and action. Calvin suggests that the cerebral code representing an object or idea is the cortical-level equivalent of a gene or meme. Transposed to a hundred-key piano, this pattern would be a melody — a characteristic tune for each word of your vocabulary and each face you remember.
Can be freely downloaded as html chapter by chapter. Also available as a soft cover hardcopy.

The Word Brain - A Short Guide to Fast Language Learning
by Bernd Sebastian Kamps ISBN 978-3-924774-67-7 76 pages (download 2 Mo)
This free book explains how it is possible for anyone to learn quickly a foreign language without formal teaching using modern communication techniques. It is not yet another miracle "easy overnight language method" but the experience of someone who has learnt 7 foreign languages during his life. He explains how language learning can be a fast (but not necessarily easy) exercice for anyone who is sufficiently motivated.

Reviewing Clinical Trials: A Guide for the Ethics Committee
Editors: Johan PE Karlberg and Marjorie A Speers
Although this book is entitled Reviewing Clinical Trials: A Guide for the Ethics Committee, it has been developed to be relevant and useful to all professionals entering the clinical trial research area. The book can be downloaded free of charge as a pdf file from the
Clinical Trial Magnifier website (right hand panel) (a free clinical newsletter - see Free Psychiatry and Neuroscience Newsletters) A printed version will soon be available for purchase on line.

by E-Medecine from WebMD (updated 2009)

Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary
The famous dictionary online including the Medical Dictionary section

Animal Models of Cognitive Impairment
Edward D. Levin, Jerry J. Buccafusco (Editors), Taylor & Francis Group, LLC, 2006

Electrochemical Methods for Neuroscience
Adrian C Michael, Laura M Borland, editors, 2009

Citing Medicine: The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers -2nd edition
Karen Patrias and Dan Wendling, National Library of Medicine, 2007

Frontiers in Neuroscience
Sidney A Simon and Miguel A.L Nicolelis, series editors - CRC Press - 2007

Neuropsychopharmacology - 5th Generation of Progress
Kenneth L. Davis, Dennis Charney, Joseph T Coyle, Charles Nemeroff - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins - 2002

Marijuana As Medicine?: The Science Beyond the Controversy
Alison Mack and Janet Joy - 2001 (may also be purchased as a paperback or downloadable pdf)

Electronic Orange Book of Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations
FDA - Updated daily
Possibility of searching by Active Ingredient, Applicant Holder, Proprietary Name, Application Number or Patent

Guide to Receptors and Channels (see book reviews for more details)
by SPH Alexander, A Mathie, JA Peters
Guide to Receptors and Channels is distributed by the British Journal of Pharmacology free of charge on their website. This authoritative and user-friendly publication provides a rapid overview of the key properties of a wide range of established or potential pharmacological targets.

Free Medical Information: Doctor = Publisher (see book reviews for more details)
by Bernd Sebastian Kamps
Free Medical Information describes how to produce a successful medical text as a free on-line book: from defining the project, selecting the co-authors and fixing the deadlines to building the website, printing, marketing, distributing, and negotiating with the sponsors.

Neuroscience of Psychoactive Substance Use and Dependence
World Health Organisation publication - 2004
The World Health Report 2002 indicated that 8.9% of the total burden of disease comes from the use of psychoactive substances with tobacco accounting for 4.1%, alcohol 4%, and illicit drugs 0.8% of the burden of disease in 2000.
This neuroscience report is the first attempt by WHO to provide a comprehensive overview of the biological factors related to substance use and dependence. The report highlights the current state of knowledge of the mechanisms of action of different types of psychoactive substances, and explains how the use of these substances can lead to the development of dependence syndrome.

Advances in Brain Imaging
Edited by John M. Morihisa M.D.
Brain imaging and its application to major psychiatric disorders such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and schizophrenia is one of the most exciting fields in psychiatry today.

Culture and Psychotherapy - A Guide to Clinical Practice
Edited by Wen-Shing Tseng, M.D., and Jon Streltzer, M.D.
This book presents the practical aspects of incorporating culture into therapy, in a way that is immediately useful and helpful. Illustrated by numerous case studies that demonstrate issues, techniques, and recommendations, the topics in this wide-ranging volume focus not on specific race or ethnicity but instead on culture.

Integrated Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders
by Jerald Kay, M.D
Integrated treatment is the simultaneous use of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy to treat patients with mental disorders. This book includes an overview of the scientific literature supporting integrated treatment, theoretical support for the combined use of psychotherapy and medication, techniques for providing integrative treatment for patients with borderline personality disorder, for patients with substance abuse disorder...

PTSD in Children and Adolescents
by Spencer Eth, M.D.
This book concentrates on five major topic areas in child and adolescent PTSD:
- Techniques for comprehensive evaluation
- Forensic aspects of traumatized children
- Juvenile offenders and incarcerated youth
- Biological treatment strategies
- The relationship between exposure to trauma in childhood and the development of psychiatric disorders in adulthood

Somatoform and Factitious Disorders
by Katharine A. Phillips, M.D.
This book offers a broad synthesis of the current knowledge—and controversies—about somatoform and factitious disorders. It presents a series of clinically focused overviews of these intriguing and often difficult-to-treat disorders.

Treatment of Recurrent Depression
by John F. Greden, M.D.
Among other topics this book emphasises: the impact of gender on recurrent MDD in women, emphasizing the clinical features, treatment, and prevention; Treatment strategies for chronic and recurrent depression to help prevent acute episodes from developing into long-term depression; Prevention of recurrences in bipolar patients; Potential applications of new somatic treatment strategies involving minimally invasive brain stimulation with exciting data suggesting the efficacy of vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) and repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).


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