Kaplan and Sadock’s Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry 10th Edition PDF

Kaplan and Sadock’s Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry 10th Edition PDF



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Preface

This marks the 50th anniversary since the first edition of the Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry was published in 1967. That edition consisted of one volume of about 600 pages with less than 100 contributors. The current 10th edition has over 5,000 pages in two volumes with over 650 contributors. This expansion represents the growth of psychiatry marked by an explosion of research and knowledge in neural science and in basic biological and psychological science.
On this 50th anniversary, it bears noting the role of Harold Kaplan, M.D., who recognized that psychiatry needed a textbook in the tradition of other great textbooks in medicine. He worked hard to achieve that goal, which he did well before his death in 1998. In recognition of that accomplishment this textbook still carries his name. We should also take note of our long and productive relationship with our publishers, beginning with Williams & Wilkins, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, and Wolters Kluwer. Certain key persons stand out without whom the continuity of this textbook could not have occurred nor endured. These include Charles Reville, James Gallagher, Sarah Finnegan, and Charley Mitchell. There are others of course; but these four represent the very best in the world of publishing. They served as counselors, friends, and advisors, and at times, stern task masters. We take this opportunity to thank them once again.
Psychiatry, like all of medicine, is both art and science; but in the case of psychiatry, perhaps more art than science. Over the course of 50 years, however, the trajectory in psychiatry has veered toward more research and science, the results of which have been remarkable and the advances of knowledge robust. But psychiatry remains a “frontier science” and like all frontiers presents new and exciting areas yet to be explored.
The role of psychiatry in medicine has never been more important. Mental illness has increased and our understanding of its etiology and our ability to treat is not yet where we want it to be, even though both have advanced tremendously over this last half century. This observation was expressed by the Editors in the Preface to the first edition, part of which is reproduced below.


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