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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Easton, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a general overview and synopsis of addiction psychiatry. It is oriented primarily toward the clinical diagnosis and treatment of these disorders.
Purpose: The purpose is to review and synthesize recent literature regarding the clinical aspects of addictive disorders. This book presents a comprehensive review of the etiology, course, presentation, laboratory testing, and treatments for these disorders. In addition, it evaluates the association between addictions and other psychiatric disorders. It also reviews the phenomenon of dual diagnosis and the specialized treatments needed by this patient population.
Audience: It is targeted for general psychiatrists, general physicians, various health professionals, and specifically for medical residents. It will be extremely useful for these individuals to help guide them in their diagnosing, treatment, and understanding of individuals with addictive diseases.
Features: The book is underillustrated with limited tables and charts. The references are extensive, relevant, and up-to-date.
Assessment: This is a well rounded overview of the clinical aspects of the addiction field. The author is extensively published in the area of addiction and adds some of his insights and opinions to complement his extensive review of the current research. This book will be helpful to any physician, medical student, or other health professional, in that addiction affects a large number of patients.