Date: 13-May-2006 From: Janet Joyce <jjoyceequinoxpub.com> Subject: Language in Psychiatry: Fine
Title: Language in Psychiatry
Subtitle: A Handbook of Clinical Practice
Series Title: Equinox Textbooks and Surveys in Linguistics
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd.
Author: Jonathan Fine, Bar-Ilan University
Hardback: ISBN: 1904768121 Pages: 352 Price: U.K. £ 65.00
Hardback: ISBN: 1904768121 Pages: 352 Price: U.S. $ 100.00
This book is designed to enable clinicians and clinicians in training to become sensitive to a wide range of language phenomena that are important for the diagnosis, treatment and research of psychiatric disorders. The introductory chapters assume no prior knowledge of linguistics and outline an approach to language that focuses on meaning and communication ranging from cultural issues to syntax and intonation.
The volume deals in turn with the major categories of syndromes in psychiatry which have language as an important characterizing feature. Linguistic concepts are keyed to diagnostic criteria to make the material accessible to the practitioner. For each disorder, the diagnostic criteria that are related to language are outlined in specific linguistic terms. Thus the familiar diagnostic criteria are enriched with linguistic description that ranges from aspects of culture that constrain what can make sense in the society to aspects of intonation and wording. The volume is supplemented with appendices that link the diagnostic criteria to the language features that are heard. Over 50 tables and diagrams provide summary information linking psychiatric categories, language features and language examples.
"Fine has a high reputation for publishing across a range of clinical conditions from anxiety states to the Pervasive Developmental Disorders and is possibly the most currently highly qualified professional to write this handbook. He has used everyday language and clear examples of normal and deviant texts to describe and explain problems of intonation, meaning, phonology, grammar and pragmatics. The clinician and general practitioner (general practitioner or Psychiatrist) could open this book and find out forthwith why his/her patient sounds odd." Bill Fraser, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Wales College of Medicine