Case Files: Psychiatry

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Real life cases for the psychiatry clerkship and shelf-exam

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"During medical school, I used similar case review books for various clerkships, including psychiatry. This one stands out because the cases are representative of psychiatry, the explanations are complete yet concise, and the text uses bolded words, tables, and definitions of key terms to help readers understand the essential concepts rather than simply memorizing more data that is likely to be ...

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Overview

Real life cases for the psychiatry clerkship and shelf-exam

4 STAR DOODY'S REVIEW!

"During medical school, I used similar case review books for various clerkships, including psychiatry. This one stands out because the cases are representative of psychiatry, the explanations are complete yet concise, and the text uses bolded words, tables, and definitions of key terms to help readers understand the essential concepts rather than simply memorizing more data that is likely to be forgotten. The questions are very representative of the type of questions on the shelf-exams and USMLE Step 2, with appropriate descriptions of the correct answers. The first two sections are ideal for students just beginning their clerkship, as they set the groundwork for the basis of psychiatry."—Doody's Review Service

You need exposure to high-yield cases to excel on the psychiatry clerkship and the shelf-exam. Case Files: Psychiatry presents 60 real-life cases that illustrate essential concepts in psychiatry. Each case includes a complete discussion, clinical pearls, references, definitions of key terms, and USMLE-style review questions. With this system, you'll learn in the context of real patients, rather then merely memorize facts.

  • 60 high-yield psychiatry cases, each with USMLE-style questions
  • Clinical pearls highlight key concepts
  • Primer on how to approach clinical problems and think like a doctor
  • Proven learning system maximizes your shelf-exam scores
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Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: William Miles, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a collection of case vignettes, clinical pearls, and USMLE-style review questions focusing exclusively on psychiatry.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the author, is to prepare medical students for the psychiatry shelf exam and for USMLE Step II.
Audience: The book, according to the authors, is targeted at third-year medical students rotating on their psychiatry clerkship and studying for USMLE Step II. However, in my opinion, the book is thorough enough that junior residents in psychiatry would find it useful.
Features: The book is divided into several sections. The first two advise students on the approach to psychiatric patients and review treatment modalities. The third section, which makes up the majority of the book, consists of 60 clinical vignettes. Each case is accompanied by review questions, and a thorough discussion of the case and questions follows. This section of the book is simply excellent, with concise case scenarios, very good USMLE-style questions, very detailed answers and explanations, and clinical pearls. Two or three references are offered at the end of each vignette. There are no illustrations, but a few tables are included. A thorough index concludes the book.
Assessment: There are many review books available for medical students, but this is one of the better ones I have reviewed recently. It is straightforward, easy to read, and well organized. The content is thorough, the clinical pearls helpful, and the review questions excellent. This book would be quite useful for medical students and junior psychiatry residents.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071421829
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 3/19/2004
  • Series: Lange Case Files Ser
  • Pages: 452
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Eugence C. Toy, MD (series editor and author) is a dual certified family physician and obstetrician -gynecologist and is Academic Chief and Program Director for the Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at The Methodist Hospital/University of Texas—Houston Medical School in Houston, Texas. He oversees the ob/gyn clerkship and is actively involved in teaching medical students.

Debra L. Klamen, MD is Associate Dean of Education at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois, and is a board-certified psychiatrist.

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Table of Contents

Contibutors vii

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

Section I How to Approach Clinical Problems 1

Part 1 Approach to the Patient 2

Part 2 Approach to Clinical Problem Solving 12

Part 3 Approach to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 14

Part 4 Approach to Reading 15

Section II Psychiatric Therapeutics 21

Part 1 Psychotherapy 22

Part 2 Psychopharmacotherapy 23

Section III Clinical Cases 43

Sixty Case Scenarios 45

Section IV Listing of Cases 469

Listing by Case Number 471

Listing by Disorder (Alphabetical) 472

Listing by DSM-IV Categories 474

Index 477

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2005

    I love the Case Files Series

    During third year of medical school, the way students learn totally changes. The most important information that students retain is going to be about patients they admit, that they see on the wards or work-up while on call. While other study materials give students the 'facts,' Case Files realizes that the best way for junior and senior medical students to learn is through case presentations. I would say that their format closely resembles the paradigm of how students should learn; a case is presented, discussed, key terms are defined, questions are presented about the text, and the information about the case is summarized. These books almost make it too easy to retain and apply clinically useful information! I used the psychiatry book as a complement to other texts, but it was my sole source of study for ob/gyn. There were a couple of problems with the book, however. I noticed several spelling and grammatical errors in the psychiatry book; it seems like they may have rushed this to publishing. In addition, after taking the psychiatry shelf exam, I think that more cases should be presented on adolescent issues, psych related general medical conditions, and neurological cases that can get confused with psych problems. Nevertheless, the series provides a solid foundation of clinical knowledge in all clerkships, as well as helps students retain information for shelf exams. I highly recommend this series to any medical student studying for third year, Step 2 CK, or any medical professional wanting to review material in an extremely clinically relevant way!

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