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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Raj Tummala, MD (Wyeth Pharmaceuticals)
Description: This book is made up of six "white papers" which represent the initial phase of the DSM-V planning process. These "white papers" also serve as a basis for research and discussion in preparation for DSM-V. Under collaboration between the American Psychiatric Association and the National Institute of Mental Health, the book tries to provide direction and potential incentives for the development of future scientific classifications.
Purpose: The purpose is to stimulate research that would lay the groundwork for developing an empirical database and to devise a research agenda "that would facilitate the integration of findings from research... - all of which would lead to the eventual development of an etiologically based, scientifically sound classification system." The book largely meets its overall objective.
Audience: This book is targeted towards research and clinical psychiatrists and other mental health professionals involved in research. The authors are extremely credible authorities in psychiatry.
Features: The book starts with a review of the basic nomenclature issues for DSM-V and talks about neuroscience research agenda for a more scientific classification system. Each chapter discusses the current knowledge and elaborates on what is in store for future research. The book in particular addresses crucial gaps in DSM for the classification of personality and relation disorders using a dimensional rather than a categorical approach to diagnosis. There is also work on disability and diagnosis. Research agendas on culture and its role in psychopathology is also addressed in detail. Each chapter has a detailed current and pertinent reference section.
Assessment: This is an important guide for anyone involved in psychiatric research as well as the general psychiatrist who wants to understand the history of the DSM system and wants to learn about proposed future classification systems. The book is easy to read and done in great detail.