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From The CriticsReviewer: Aaron Plattner, MD (Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services)
Description: This is a comprehensive manual for the treatment of patients with the disease of schizophrenia.
Purpose: Using the most up-to-date research data from international experts in the field of schizophrenia, the editors strive to educate readers on the diagnosis and management of schizophrenia, which they successfully achieve. Because of the impact of schizophrenia on those with the condition and their families, those who treat individuals suffering from schizophrenia, and society as a whole, this book is needed.
Audience: The editors state that the book is "grounded in biological science and espouses a down-to-earth approach that both clinicians on the front lines and beginning medical students will appreciate." This is accomplished by combining the work of several authors who are very qualified in their particular area of schizophrenia. While anyone in the field of mental health could benefit from this book, clinicians providing direct care for those with schizophrenia will likely get the most benefit.
Features: After a general introduction, the book reviews different topics in schizophrenia, including basic biological sciences, prodromal phase and first episodes, various clinical aspects, cognitive effects, comorbidities, substance abuse, pharmacological and psychological treatments, treatment resistance, family issues, and remission. Chapters contain a general introduction, various helpful tables and charts, a conclusion, suggestions for future reading, and references. In addition to a subject index, the book contains a list of tables and figures.
Assessment: This well-written book covers very important topics that often are not adequately covered in other books, and I further appreciate how the editors strive to focus on international contributions to the field. Compared to a similar title, Essentials of Schizophrenia, Lieberman et al. (American Psychiatric Publishing, 2012), this book is more complete, informative, and educational for most clinicians, although Essentials may be more useful for medical students or residents early in their careers. Because each chapter in this book contributes to the complete picture, readers will most benefit from reading the whole book. However, each chapter can be read independently for those with a specific area of interest.