In the preface to Clinical Psychiatry by Ian Skottowe, MD, of Oxford University, the author states: "I have tried to keep before me the picture of the doctor confronted by the individual patient and to orient my observations chiefly towards the theme that is implicit in this relationship—how to recognize what one is dealing with and how to provide practical help." He has succeeded well in achieving his goal. This essentially practical book is directed to students and clinicians; it is not meant to be a research effort, but rather a work-a-day reference in psychiatric diagnosis and management.
This second edition (1964) contains modifications over the 11 years since the first edition appeared. It stresses the importance of psychiatry in medicine as a whole and places greater emphasis on genetic, constitutional, and social etiologies than on psychoanalytic theories. Drug therapy is brought up to date and frequent mention is made