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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Elliott Pae, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is the third edition of a comprehensive, scholarly, and practical overview of the field of child and adolescent psychiatry. The second edition of this classic textbook was published in 1997.
Purpose: The purpose is to thoroughly update the information from the previous editions. Importantly, it broadens the literature in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry through new chapters on culture, economic issues, diagnostic interviews, clinical genomic testing, and milieu treatment. This is a timely contribution to the field because it addresses the accelerating progress in research on developmental psychopathology since the last edition. The editors, by bringing together a distinguished team of leading experts, have done an outstanding job in attaining these objectives.
Audience: This book may serve as a core text for child psychiatrists or as a reference for pediatricians, family physicians, general psychiatrists, advanced-practice child psychiatric nurses, and psychiatric social workers. Jerry Weiner, MD, now deceased, was a giant in child psychiatry whose expertise and authority were widely recognized. Mina Dulcan, MD, is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Features: This is one in a collection of titles published by American Psychiatric Publishing focusing on topics in child and adolescent psychiatry. It begins with a historical overview of the field. Each subsequent chapter presents a summary of a core topic and provides a balanced approach using clinical wisdom with evidence-based practices in evaluation and treatment. New chapters highlight advances in the areas of culture, economics, genomic testing, and milieu treatment. Some of the topics addressed in the previous editions are covered by new authors, including junior faculty coauthors, in this edition.
Assessment: This book builds upon the contributions made by the previous editions and proves to be a particularly valuable source of pithy information for clinicians and educators. It remains one of the easiest to read of the major textbooks and is essential for all physicians and mental health professionals who serve children, adolescents, and their families.