Feb 12, 2018
Delusions, in their many different manifestations, are central to the concepts of madness and psychosis. Yet what causes them remains in many ways a complete mystery. McKenna's Delusions is the first comprehensive attempt to tackle one of the most arresting phenomena in psychiatry: an in-depth and critical review of what delusions are, the forms they can take and how they might be explained from both psychological and biological perspectives. Delusions covers key topics such as the clinical features of delusions, the disorders they are seen in, other oddities that resemble them in both health and disease and the different approaches that have been taken to try and understand them. It is an essential book for psychiatrists and psychologists who work with delusional patients, as well as being of interest to neuroscientists engaged in research into major psychiatric disorders.
Peter McKenna qualified in medicine in the university of Birmingham and has a degree in psychology and physiology from the university of Oxford. He worked as a clinical psychiatrist in Cambridge and then became professor of psychiatry in Glasgow. His research focuses on neuropsychological aspects of schizophrenia and other major mental disorders and their relationship to symptoms and brain function. He has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and is the author of a book on schizophrenia (currently in its 2nd edition). He is also, with a linguist, Tomasina Oh, the co-author of a book on on disordered speech in schizophrenia. For the last five years he has worked as a senior researcher in FIDMAG and is a principal investigator in the CIBERSAM mental health research network.
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