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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, DO, MA (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This book focuses on important scientific and theoretical issues regarding the validity of DSM diagnoses. Written and edited by nationally recognized researchers in the field, the book is an important and timely contribution to psychiatry.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the editors, is to outline the fundamental questions and controversies about the current classification of psychiatric disorders and to stimulate further research into these issues.
Audience: The intended audience, although not specifically stated, are researchers and clinicians in psychiatry and psychology. Anyone involved in the use of the DSM should be aware of the issues raised in this book.
Features: Topics covered include causation in psychiatry, distinguishing disorder from non-disorder, diagnostic groupings, neurobiological markers, the concept of schizotaxia, subthreshold disorders, multiaxial assessment, diagnostic dilemmas in classifying personality disorders, as well as the controversial topic of relationship disorders, which has a whole chapter devoted to it. Each chapter ends with current and relevant references.
Assessment: This is an excellent book on the critical conceptual issues of psychiatric diagnosis. I highly recommend it.