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Conceptual Framework


McHugh & Slavney (1998) The Perspective of Psychiatry 

Discusses the conceptual nature of psychiatry. McHugh strives to provide a better diagnostic model that is more biomedically based than the current DSM.


Kandel (2005) Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and the New Biology of Mind

A collection of his essays and speeches. For someone interested in biological psychiatry or the movement to bring the field closer to biomedicine.


Saddock & Saddock (2007) Syopsis of Psychiatry

A great survey of the field. Provides just enough detail to introduce the reader to a given topic. References provide the opportunity to explore further.



Gabbard (2005) Psychodynamic Psychiatry in Clinical Practice

Amazing introduction to the field of psychodynamic psychiatry/psychoanalysis. Gabbard does a good job integrating current day neuroscience into traditional theories of ego, object relations, and attachment.


Beck (1976) Cognitive Therapy for the Emotional Disorders

If you want to study the conceptual roots of cognitive behavioral theory, start here.


American Psychoanalytic Association (2006) Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual

Takes DSM diagnoses and fleshes them out psychodynamically. Wonderful for personality disorders.


Beck (1995) Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond

If your interested in cognitive therapy, this book provides the logistics of its implementation.


Kandel et al. (2013) The Principles of Neural Science 5th Ed.
Gold standard textbook of neuroscience.
Stahl (2008) Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applications
If you're a "big picture" thinker, this is the pharmacology text is for you.
Nestler et al. (2008) Molecular Neuropharmacology: A Foundation of Clinical Neuroscience
This text introduces psychopharmacology from a more research-oriented perspective.

Clinical Psychiatry


 First (2002) DSM-IV-TR Handbook of Differential Diagnosis

Through flow-charts, describes how the different diagnoses are differentiated. For a student, it's a gem for understanding differential diagnoses. 


Spitzer (2002) DSM-IV-TR Case Book: A Learning Companion to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

It brings the DSM diagnoses to life. For a student, it provides the first window into the world of individually-experienced psychopathology.


MGH/McLean (2009): MGH/McLean Hospital Residency Handbook of Psychiatry

Excellent resource on the wards for the diagnosis and management of inpatients.


Stahl (2013) Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology: The Prescriber's Guide

Complements "Essential Psychopharmacology" nicely. It serves as a resource for the practical day-to-day of a psychopharmacologist.