We are grateful to the many colleagues who have advised us about certain parts of the book.
The following helped us to plan specialized parts of the book: Dr Jeremy Holmes (Part 3, Psychodynamic Contributions to Psychiatry); Professor Richard Mayou (Part 5, Psychiatry and Medicine); Professor Robin Jacoby (Part 8, Psychiatry of Old Age); Sir Michael Rutter (Part 9, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry); Professor William Fraser (Part 10, Mental Retardation); Professor Robert Bluglass (Part 11, Forensic Psychiatry).
The following helped us to plan certain sections within Part 4, General Psychiatry: Professor Alwyn Lishman (delirium, dementia, amnestic syndrome, and other cognitive disorders); Professor Griffith Edwards (alcohol use disorders); Dr Philip Robson (other substance use disorders); Professor Guy Goodwin (mood disorders); Professor John Bancroft (sexuality, gender identity, and their disorders); Professor Gregory Stores (sleep-wake disorders); Professor Keith Hawton (suicide and attempted suicide). In Part 6, Professor Philip Cowen advised about somatic treatments, Dr Jeremy Holmes about psychodynamic treatments, and Professor David Clark about cognitive-behavioural therapy. Dr Max Marshall provided helpful advice about forensic issues for Part 7. We also thank the many other colleagues whose helpful suggestions about specific problems aided the planning of the book.
Finally, we record our special gratitude to the authors and to the staff of Oxford University Press.
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