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From The CriticsReviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (University of Arizona Health Sciences Center)
Description: This review book is compiled of outlines of the major mental health disorders, their etiologies, treatments (advantages and disadvantages), comorbidities, symptoms, differential diagnoses, prognosis, and epidemiology.
Purpose: Meant to condense the vast amount of review information required in preparation for the oral board examination for psychiatric certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc., this book provides a no frills approach to the challenge.
Audience: While geared primarily toward those preparing for the oral board examination, this book is also a useful review for anyone attempting the recertification exam, or for a quick review of a specific topic in the field.
Features: The book is broken down into chapters by subject (i.e. Chapter 3: Anxiety Disorders) and each topic is thoroughly covered in significant detail in outline form. There are a few tables but no diagrams, charts, or other visual representations, making the book quite dense and seemingly more like a textbook than a review manual.
Assessment: This guide is a useful and handy approach to a review for the oral board examination. While remarkably dense in certain places, the book does not seem to overwhelm the reader with unnecessary information. One of the few drawbacks is that, for individuals who are more visual learners, the book may seem visually stark and drab. The other major criticism is the lack of substantial depth in the area of personality disorders. However, overall, this is a book I wish I had used for my board preparation. It is a unique and worthy addition to the field.