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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Katie Busch, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book reviews the mental health aspects of HIV infection. It identifies issues common to patients and families as well as the specific problems raised for health professionals in general and mental health professionals in particular.
Purpose: The stated purpose is to provide a brief, critical account of the mental health aspects of HIV infection as it impacts on patients, their partners and families, and health professionals and other caregivers, with specific reference to the context of stigma for this illness.
Audience: This book is written for mental health professionals. The issues are presented broadly enough and discussed with enough depth and sophistication to be appropriate for this audience. In addition, the book is written clearly enough to be quite useful for those at a clerkship level or for other professional caregivers.
Features: There are no illustrations or other special features, but they are not necessary. The index and table of contents are quite adequate. The references are extensive and extremely current. Although they are most concentrated in books and journals from the United States and Great Britain, the references cover world experience in this area to date.
Assessment: This is a very useful book. It is concise and clearly written and presents a critical review of world literature on mental health aspects of HIV infection. The book delineates common concerns and fears about HIV seen in the general public, patients, and caregivers. It also identifies current research conclusions about diagnosis and treatment in the context of methodologic limitations, highlighting the questions still to be answered.