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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Steve Paschos, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is the second edition of a thorough clinical review of consultation-liaison psychiatry. The original was published in 1987.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a rich but practical and concise review of resources in a manual form of consultation-liaison psychiatry for the time-constrained busy clinician.
Audience: This book is written for internists, family physicians, psychiatry residents, and psychiatric consultants.
Features: The 28 detailed, thorough chapters are divided into four sections covering general considerations, syndromes, treatments, and unique issues in psychosomatic settings. A table reference section prior to the preface enables busy clinicians to easily find a specific table when using the manual on rounds or on the go. Each chapter is addresses epidemiology, clinical features, associated features, differential diagnosis, clinical course and prognosis, and treatment and management. Bulleted and numbered lists help make the material accessible and easy to reference.
Assessment: This is an excellent update of a thorough clinical review of psychosomatic medicine as related to consultation-liaison psychiatry. The excellent tables make the content easily accessible on the go. The pages are printed on paper conducive to making notes in the margins, and the book is sized so it can be carried on rounds or in the pocket of a white lab coat. It is appropriately priced and an excellent purchase for psychiatry residents, psychiatric consultants, or internal medicine/family physicians.