Leeds University Library

Module Reading List

Social Sciences, 2017/18
Dr Alastair Cardno
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Compiled by Dr Hany El-Sayeh with the assistance of Dr Rebecca Chubb and Dr Jennifer Hyland. Some descriptions of textbooks etc from Royal College of Psychiatrists’ website. We welcome suggestions for additional material to include.

Revision/examination courses

The Manchester MRCPysch revision course (Manchester): http://www.manchestercourse.com/a
Three separate weekend courses for papers 1, 2, and 3. Option available to purchase additional online mock examinations. Cost per course- £325 (face-to-face), £125 (online).

SPMM course (London): http://spmmpsychiatrycourse.com/
Offers 6 different courses. Papers 1, 2, 3, CASC, CASC mock exam (and WBPA course). Prices vary from £150 (WBPA) to £595 (CASC). SPMM also run on-line courses.

The Cambridge MRCPsych course (Cambridge): http://www.cambridgecourse.com/
Runs 4 courses. Paper 1, 2, S & RM (Statistics & Research Methodology) and CASC courses. Detailed prices vary from £150 to £300.

The Birmingham Course (Birmingham): http://www.birminghamcourseonline.co.uk/
Runs online courses for Papers 1, 2, 3 (£70-£180), CASC (£24:99), and mock exams for Papers 1, 2, and 3 (no prices).

The Oxford Psych Course (Oxford): http://www.oxfordpsychcourse.com/
Runs courses for Papers 1, 2 (£200 each), Paper 3 (£300), CASC (£595).

Superego Café: http://www.superego-cafe.com/
This offers information on Manchester-based ‘Crash courses’ for Papers 1, 2 (£195 each), 3 (no prices), CASC (£595), CASC interview skills (no prices) and critical appraisal training (no prices).
Free handouts and lecture materials are available and the site is developing an MRCPsych question bank.
The site also features a bookshop and a trainee discussion forum.
Parts of the site can only be accessed by subscription.

Trickcyclists.co.uk: http://www.trickcyclists.co.uk/
Offers information on MRCPysch examinations and Work-based assessments.
It also offers old-format MCQ’s for Paper 1 and a few for papers 2 and 3.
It offers information on CASC and CASC station examples.
Other features include revision notes, useful website links, recommended reading lists, a bookshop, and a course notice-board.
The whole site is open-access.

MRCPsych Mentor: http://www.mrcpsychmentor.com
Online MRCPsych relevant exam questions.
Created by Dr Mike Smith, a local psychiatric trainee.

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Useful professional websites

The Royal College of Psychiatrists: http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/
This website incorporates a number of different subject areas for career psychiatrists. Most of the site is open access with a smaller members-only area. Those areas which are more relevant to trainees include:
Publications; This has information on recommended books (including the College Seminar Series), access to College journals, and freely-available College Reports.
Training; Includes information on Portfolio online, Psychiatric training committee, trainee registration, curriculum, national recruitment, specialty training, MMC and PMETB information, course notice board and newsletters.
Examinations; Information on papers 1, 2, 3 and CASC, exam calendars, exam regulations and pass lists are included.
Events; Information on forthcoming training events and conferences detailed.
NICE guidelines; Full psychiatric topic guidelines are included here.
Most parts of this site are open access.

American Psychiatric Association: http://www.psych.org/
This large site includes a number of areas. The most useful aspect for trainees are the practical guidelines.

General Medical Council: http://www.gmc-uk.org/index.asp
Published guidance included on good medical practice, ethics and training in the UK.

Specialist Clinical Addiction Network (SCAN): http://www.scan.uk.net/
Website containing useful resources, discussion fora and news on developments for trainees interested in a career in addiction.

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Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica.
Advances in psychiatric treatment.
American journal of psychiatry.
Archives of general psychiatry.
British Journal of Psychiatry.
British medical journal.
Evidence-based mental health.
The Psychiatrist.

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Centre for Reviews and Dissemination: http://www.york.ac.uk/inst/crd/
Centre for Suicide Prevention: http://www.medicine.manchester.ac.uk/mentalhealth/research/suicide/prevention/
Cochrane Collaboration: http://www.cochrane.org/
Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.co.uk/
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence: http://www.nice.org.uk/
National Institute of Mental Health: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml
National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse: http://www.nta.nhs.uk/
NHS Evidence: http://www.evidence.nhs.uk/
Researcher@library: http://library.leeds.ac.uk/researcher
Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health: http://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/
School of Health & Related Research (ScHARR): http://www.shef.ac.uk/scharr

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Reading list (books)

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General texts

Oxford Handbook of Psychiatry 2nd edition 2009
Semple D and Smyth R.
This is a very useful and worthy handbag-friendly book, ideal for carrying around at work for basic trainees getting to grips with the subject. It has a surprising amount of information packed into a small volume, with encyclopaedic well-referenced detail available on most key topics. A real gem with useful ICD-10 codings at the back and also introductory sections on the sub-specialities.

Maudsley Handbook of Practical Psychiatry OUP 2006
Goldberg D and Murray R.
Smaller than the Oxford Handbook and now in its 5th edition, the orange book, as its title suggests, is enormously useful in day-to-day clinical practice, whether it is brushing up on your mental state examination or working out when to refer tricky cases to more senior folk. This really is worth buying, studying and revisiting during your first few posts.

Companion to Psychiatric Studies 8th edition 2010
Lawrie S, Cunningham Owens D, Lawrie SM, Sharpe M, Freeman CPL

A well written and comprehensive general textbook edited by a group of Edinburgh psychiatrists. Popular as a general reference with useful chapters on neurosciences basic to psychiatry, as well as epidemiology and research methods, good for the new papers II and III.

Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry 5th edition 2006
Gelder M, Harrison P, Cowen P.
An excellent introductory text rivalling the Companion; trainees often prefer one or the other in writing style. The first few chapters serve as a good introduction to the basics of how to assess patients and how to classify disorders. There are well referenced and up-to-date chapters on all of the major disorders including taster chapters on the sub-specialities. Nice touches are the green summary boxes that provide helpful explanations, and summary tables.

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Reference texts

Kaplan and Sadock's Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry 9th edition 2009
Sadock VA, Sadock, and Pedro Ruiz B
A thoroughly comprehensive textbook. As it is American, DSM 4 references predominate. It includes chapters on all the sciences basic to psychiatry such as statistics, psychoanalysis, neural sciences, with plenty of illustrations and interview transcripts. Very detailed, with scrupulously researched chapters, by a multitude of US experts. Useful if you want to spend some time reading into a topic for in-depth study.

Seminars in General Adult Psychiatry 2nd edition 2007
Stein G, Wilkinson G.
Aimed at trainees who are following the exam syllabus. Clear and comprehensive chapters on the major disorders as well as therapy. Well researched and evidence based. Can be a foreboding ‘fat brick’ to contemplate but editors’ guidance explains to the new trainee how to get stuck in. A good reference text, which is refreshingly up-to-date.

New Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry 2nd edition 2009
Gelder M, Andreasen N, Lopez-Ibor J, Geddes J.
More detailed, two volume psychiatry textbook in the mould of the Oxford Textbook of Medicine et al. Too big even to carry, but an excellent resource to look up in the library.

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Psychology for the MRCPsych 2002
Munafo M.
Well written and a fairly slim and jargon-free introduction to basic concepts in psychology as required by the syllabus. Does not contain all relevant topics but is a good starting point, especially for those who wish to brush up on some key concepts from medical school psychology.

6th Edition 2010
Gross R.
As a specialist psychology text it covers much more psychology than you will need for the exam. It is a text of excellent depth, especially for trainees with an interest in psychology. Worth perusing from the library as it covers introductions to the main areas of the discipline including social, cognitive and clinical. It is well written and looking up subsections can help clarify parts of the syllabus.

Psychology for psychiatrists 1999
Gupta DS, Gupta RM.
Written in 1999 but still in line with the basic syllabic content of the psychology component of the MRCPsych. It has some clear explanations and explains concepts well. It is also fairly compact and digestible.

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Addiction Psychiatry

Ghodse's drugs and addictive behaviour : a guide to treatment 4th edition 2010
Ghodse H.
Useful and practical guide with evidence base of treatments clearly explained by this learned London Professor of Addictions, who is critically acclaimed and an international leader in the addiction field. Useful appendices at the end.

Seminars in alcohol and drug misuse 1994
Chick J, Cantwell R.
A handy reference text which was also written to the college syllabus. It gives useful epidemiological data and is well-researched into the effects of most of the major substances of abuse. It will also give a good background to a Substance Misuse job.

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Sims' symptoms in the mind : an introduction to descriptive psychopathology. 4th Edition 2008
Oyebode F.
Recently revised edition of the standard text, until Fish was recently republished. An excellent introduction to psychopathology and a real ‘must’ for getting to grips with the subject. Well explained and readable it is a key exam reference text. Definitions are clear and useful and most trainees have a well thumbed copy at their disposal, with good reason.

Fish's Clinical Psychopathology: Signs and Symptoms in Psychiatry 3rd edition 2007
Casey PR, Kelley B.
For several years this text was out of print, and old copies were searched for high and low by trainees wanting to read a lucid account of descriptive signs of clinical psychopathology. However, an affordable, revised reprint has recently become available of this gem of a handbook. Precisely written with eloquent descriptions and pertinent examples, it is worthwhile introduction to the subject. As it is concise and broken up into subheadings, it is eminently readable. However, some reviews compare this new edition very unfavourably with the classic.

Allgemeine Psychopathologie 1913 English Edition: General Psychopathology (1965;
tr. Hoenig & Hamilton) Manchester University Press
Jaspers K.
The classic text on phenomenology and psychopathology. Jaspers’ descriptions of symptoms and his division of symptoms into those we can understand and those we can merely describe is the bedrock of our clinical practice. One to look up in the library in an idle moment.

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British national formulary. – latest edition

The Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines tenth edition 2009
Taylor D, Paton C, Kerwin R.
Probably the most useful book in a trainee’s working armament. This book is your prescribing bible and if you follow it to the letter in practice you will not go wrong. It explains the latest expert advice on prescribing and even lists treatments according to their evidence base. Each section is usefully referenced and it is regularly updated. It is also useful in exam revision as it gives the latest guidelines in all conditions relating to psychiatry, as well as side effects and problems of pharmacotherapy.

Stahl's essential psychopharmacology : neuroscientific basis and practical applications 2008 Stephen Stahl illustrated by Muntner N.
Essential Psychopharmacology: The Prescriber’s Guide 3rd Edition 2009
Stahl S.
Stahl’s unique approach is in conveying pharmacological information in cartoon format to show the receptors of each drug class. It demonstrates the power of learning a difficult subject in a way that stimulates visual memory. The latest generations of trainees have found this approach useful and refer back to the clarity of the information given. The Prescriber’s Guide is a useful reference book and allows one to look up individual drugs for useful key facts such as mode of action and side effects, using a similar cartoon format to show actions of drugs on receptors.

Essential psychopharmacology : the prescriber's guide 3rd Edition 2009
Stahl S.
Stahl’s unique approach is in conveying pharmacological information in cartoon format to show the receptors of each drug class. It demonstrates the power of learning a difficult subject in a way that stimulates visual memory. The latest generations of trainees have found this approach useful and refer back to the clarity of the information given. The Prescriber’s Guide is a useful reference book and allows one to look up individual drugs for useful key facts such as mode of action and side effects, using a similar cartoon format to show actions of drugs on receptors.

Seminars in Clinical Psychopharmacology College Seminar Series 2nd Edition 2004
King DJ.
This is a more challenging book to digest but contains a lot of useful information. However it is more useful as a reference text. As a book written for the college series, it was previously used as a key reference for exam questions.

Fundamentals of Clinical Psychopharmacology 3rd Edition 2006
Anderson IM, Reid IC
A mercifully thin text which helps to explain drugs by their mode of action, and also relates to basic neuroscientific principles. It is a useful introduction to the subject and helps ground the trainee in the basics of the subject. It is not detailed enough for more in-depth study. Delegates on the BAP Introduction to Psychopharmacology study day get a copy free.

Psychotropic drug directory 2005 : the professionals' pocket handbook and aide memoire 2005 Bazire S.
Steve Bazire is an enthusiastic pharmacist based at Norfolk. He writes several drug directories, conveying his extensive knowledge of psychotropics. It is like the yellow pages of psychotropics and is very useful in looking up the basis for drug treatments and their evidence base.

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Old Age

Oxford textbook of old age psychiatry OUP 2008
Jaccoby R, Oppenheimer C, Dening T, Thomas A (editors)
A thorough and practical book with sections on basic science, clinical practice, psychiatric services and specific disorders, as well as a useful section on ethics at the end. This includes sections on testamentary capacity, competence, driving and legal frameworks. It would be an excellent springboard to a placement in Old Age, where chapters could be valuable starting points for supervisions.

Seminars in old age psychiatry 1998
Butler R, and Pitt B.
A clearly structured book with chapters focussing on all of the major disorders encountered in old age, as well as useful sections at the end on research and patient management problems. Now slightly out of date, but contains solid exam fodder material.

Forensic Psychiatry

Faulk's basic forensic psychiatry. 3rd edition 2000
Stone JH, Roberts M, O’Grady J and Taylor AV with O’Shea K.
An excellent introduction to forensic psychiatry. It is particularly useful for understanding the criminological and legal aspects which are not covered adequately in general textbooks. It also contains a helpful chapter on writing reports.

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Organic Psychiatry

Organic Psychiatry: The Psychological Consequences of Cerebral Disorder 3rd Edition 2004
Lishman WA.

An extremely well written ‘bible’ reference of neuropsychiatry and one of the last of the single-author textbooks. This is a truly unique contribution to the subject and is unrivalled in its breadth of coverage and attention to detail. Expensive, but is accessible to read and a good standard reference text for the bookshelf. Who could turn down a book that has a section on the psychological sequelae of being struck by lightning?

Cognitive assessment for clinicians OUP 2007
Hodges J.
A recently updated and very useful text explaining cognition in a concise and logical way. Not the easiest read but contains very good sections on memory and what the different areas of the brain do. It is fairly short and an accessible read.

Schedules for clinical assessment in neuropsychiatry : Version 2, Code book: present state examination, item group checklist, clinical history schedule, WHO division for neuropsychiatry

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Child Psychiatry

Child Psychiatry Oxford Blackwell Science 2nd Edition 2005
Goodman R and Scott S.
Practical and well organised for exam preparation. The recommended text to get an idea of the main themes of Child Psychiatry. Useful multiple choice questions for each chapter.

Rutter's child and adolescent psychiatry. 5th Edition 2010
Rutter M and Taylor E
A good, readable introduction to the subject. Popular with trainees, it is regularly updated. Child psychiatry is a very different area to get one’s head around, for trainees used to Adult Psychiatry, and this is a good way in.

Seminars in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Gaskell 2005
Gowers S.
The college series’ child and adolescent book. Clearly set out and places everything within a developmental context.

The Child, The Family and the Outside World 1964
Winnicott DW.
Again, a text to curl up with rather than cram the night before an exam. Originally broadcast on the radio, these essays are a delightful introduction to Winnicott’s independent psychoanalytic view of the early years.

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Learning Disabilities

Seminars in the psychiatry of learning disabilities. 2nd edition 2003
Fraser W and Kerr M.
An excellent introduction to a complex area. Interesting introductory chapters, from epidemiology to genetics. Other chapters span different age ranges from children to the elderly. There are also chapters on treatments including pharmacological and psychological, as well as a useful chapter on consent and decision making.

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Introduction to Psychotherapy: An outline of Psychodynamic Principles and Practice 4th Edition 2010
Brown D , Pedder J, and Bateman A.
A readable and useful introduction to the novice trainee. It also conveys enthusiasm for psychotherapy and what can be achieved by the different disciples within chapters which are sensibly structured to cover all the main areas trainees are likely to come across. It is an introductory text, and should be read as a springboard into this fascinating world.

Introduction to psychoanalysis : contemporary theory and practice 1995
Bateman A and Holmes J.
It does what it says on the tin. A good general introduction written by the current chief examiner, and therefore may be a judicious read for the current examinations!

Seminars in the psychotherapies 2007 Gaskell College Seminar Series
Naismith J, and Grant S.
A slim, up-to-date and well researched introductory volume. Covers the basics of psychotherapies and good for a novice to dip into. Written with MRCPsych trainees in mind.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Psychiatric Problems OUP 1989
Hawton K et al.
One of the few books that clearly tells you how and why to do various elements of CBT for a variety of psychiatric diagnoses.

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Critical Appraisal

Understanding Clinical PapersWiley Second Edition 2006
Bowers D, House A, Owens D
Excellent readable introduction to critical appraisal of research papers.

The Doctor's Guide to Critical Appraisal PasTest Second Edition 2009
Gosall N and Gosall G.
Almost the only book you need to teach you the basics of critical appraisal. It really is excellent and you should read this early in your training.

How to Read a Paper: the basics of Evidence Based Medicine 4th Edition 2010
Greenhalgh T.
The only other book you need to teach you critical appraisal: an excellent introduction to the nuts and bolts of getting to grips with reading and understanding papers, with the basics written from a medic’s, rather than statistician’s background. The best part is the real-world examples that are used to make statistics actually make sense. This offers trainees a useful introduction to reading papers and also helps understanding for the critical appraisal part of the exam.

Critical appraisal for psychiatry 2000
Lawrie SM, Mcintosh AM, Rao S.
The most useful book for the critical appraisal and statistics sections of primarily paper III and also paper II. The chapters are succinct and even have multiple choice format questions at the end of each one, which is useful for the new exam. The study questions at the end of the book follow the old written critical appraisal paper more, but are useful in helping to consolidate principles. Very detailed and a challenge to read cover to cover.

Critical Reviews in Psychiatry 3rd edition Gaskell 2005
Wilkinson G, Brown T.
This College collection of old style exam papers was written with the old style part 2 exam in mind. It may be a good idea for Paper III entrants to try out these papers for practice of core concepts, but focussing too much on the style of questions can be distracting. There may be a sub-section of the Paper III with similar calculation and knowledge questions in multiple-choice format. Please note that there are a sprinkling of errors in the model answers given (just to keep you on your toes.)

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Frances Clegg (1983) Simple statistics : a course book for the social sciences . Cambridge University Press.
All you need to know, and a little more, except confidence intervals. Very readable.

Medical Statistics from Scratch . 2nd Edition 2008.
Bowers D.
As above, but also includes confidence intervals.

Statistics with Confidence . 2nd Edition 2000. Blackwell BMJ Books.
Altman D, Machin D, Bryant T and Gardner S.
Confidence intervals only.

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Advanced text

Practical statistics for Medical Research 2011.
Altman DG , Chatfield C, and Zidek J.
Clear, thorough, some chapters may be very helpful. For those who want to develop their understanding further, or as a reference book for the future.

Essential revision notes in psychiatry for MRCPsych 2004
Fear C.
Revision notes in psychiatry 2nd Edition 2004
Puri B, and Hall A
Both texts cover most parts of the syllabus, from psychology, to social sciences to the subspecialties. Fear also covers chapters that add a little background and clinical relevance such as philosophy and history of psychiatry and clinical information management as well as managing services. Both are useful books for the exam and summarize almost everything with bullet points.

OSCEs in Psychiatry 2004
Michael A (editor)
This was written with the old style Part 1 OSCE in mind. It is useful for basic CASC revision; to obtain the flavour of the OSCE format, although will probably be more relevant to the unpaired stations in the CASC.

How to pass the MRCPsych CASC 2010
Iles A, Woodall R, and Leslie F.
Specifically adapted for CASC format. Topics include History-taking, MSE and risk management. It also includes a bank of mock examinations.

Best of five MCQs for the MRCPsych Papers 1, 2, and 3 2010
Palaniyappan L, Krishnadas R
Up-to-date questions following current Royal College curriculum

Get through MRCPsych parts 1 and 2 : 525 individual statement questions in psychopathology2004
Michael A.
A good mix of extended matching questions. Useful in getting to grips with the format of extended matching questions for the exams. Attempts to order questions by syllabic content thought the content may not marry exactly with the new exams.

Exam Notes in Psychiatry: Basic Sciences 2nd Edition 2005
Mahli G, and Mahli S.

This may be useful for Paper II revision as it covers basic sciences. It makes use of mnemonics and lists that helpfully summarise otherwise dry information

This list was last updated on 28/09/2012