Description: This is an exceptional new book containing case presentations followed by questions and a review of the literature regarding the interface between medicine and psychiatry. Well written and edited, this book will become an essential teaching tool for trainees on the consultation liaison service.
Purpose: The purpose is "to reclaim consultation psychiatry's medical roots." The authors "have tried to offer a resource on the contribution of medical information to the practice of consultation-liaison psychiatry." They have definitely succeeded in their goal.
Audience: The intended audience includes medical students, residents, and fellows rotating on consultation service. Any psychiatrist who cares for patients with medical disorders will find this an extremely useful book.
Features: The book features 459 pages containing nine chapters and a set of appendixes as well as an index section, The chapters cover topics such as cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, alcoholic liver disease, renal diseases, the patient on steroids, the HIV-infected patient, gastrointestinal diseases, obstetric-psychiatric problems, and gynecologic and oncological disease. Each chapter is well referenced with up-to-date and pertinent citations. The appendix section contain helpful scales and guides for the everyday management of the medical-psychiatric patient.
Assessment: This is an excellent and useful teaching tool for consultation-liaison psychiatry. Any physician that treats patients with concomitant medical and psychiatric problems would benefit from this book.