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Contemporary Psychology APA Review of Books Lisetta M. Lovett
Here the unimaginative shackles of orthodox psychiatric history taking and mental state examination are thrown off with the proposal that the diagnostic process starts from the initial contact with the patient. This of course, is obvious to the experienced practitioner but is rarely conveyed in textbooks on psychiatric interviewing, which tend to convey a systematic, rather pedestrian approach, where mental state examination and diagnosis linearly follow data collection. In contrast, the authors' approach is a thinking approach, where mental state examination weaves through-out the interview informing, shaping, and refining the diagnostic process.... This is a textbook that should be read by all mental health professionals, whatever their core discipline. The reader would benefit from reading both volumes in their entirety (over 1,000 pages) but could profit simply from dipping in and rereading relevant chapters.... The reader is introduced to a gourmet menu of interviewing techniques, described in detail and illustrated by deconstructed interviews.