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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: William Miles, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This handsome, hardcover book thoroughly reviews the phenomenology, etiology, pathophysiology, and treatment of the anxiety disorders.
Purpose: The purpose is to present to the reader a collection of contributions at the cutting edge of anxiety disorder research. Since the anxiety disorders are among the most prevalent of all psychiatric syndromes, these are certainly worthy objectives.
Audience: The book is quite detailed, and therefore is written for psychiatric and medical clinicians, researchers, and educators. It is probably too advanced for medical students, but senior psychiatric residents might find it a good resource.
Features: The book is divided into 10 parts. The first part provides an overview of the anxiety disorders, including history, neurology, evolutionary concepts, and psychodynamic explanations. The remaining parts thoroughly review the different anxiety disorders as found in DSM-IV, devoting separate chapters to topics such as phenomenology, pathophysiology, and treatment. The last part of the book is devoted to the economic and cultural impact of anxiety disorders. Each chapter is thoroughly referenced, and an index is found at the end of the book. There are no illustrations, but numerous tables and figures are scattered throughout.
Assessment: This strikingly detailed book is a tremendous contribution to the field of psychiatry. It provides a thorough review of some of the most economic burdensome diseases in medicine. Covering the latest research in the pathophysiology and neurobiology of anxiety disorders, and the latest advances in pharmacotherapy, this book would be an invaluable resource and reference guide for any clinician who wishes to better understand these diseases.