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From The CriticsReviewer:Judy Blair, MD(Rush University Medical Center)
Description:This study guide for the oral boards in psychiatry provides a review of the clinical information involved in the assessment and treatment of the major psychiatric disorders, based on DSM-IV-TR criteria. The previous edition was published in May 2005.
Purpose:As a review, the aim is to provide useful clinical information on the assessment and treatment of the types of patients most likely to present during the exam.
Audience:The intended readers are candidates preparing for the oral boards in psychiatry, typically psychiatrists currently in practice. The author asserts that the study guide also should serve as a useful review for clinicians preparing for the psychiatry recertification exam, which is currently required every 10 years. The author is a consulting psychiatrist at a major academic center who recently took (and passed) his recertification exam.
Features:The nine chapters cover schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance-related disorders, personality disorders, cognitive disorders, violent behavior, eating disorders, and miscellaneous topics. The chapters dealing with the major psychiatric disorders are divided into sections, including DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria, clinical issues, etiology, prognosis, differential diagnosis, and treatment. Information is presented in an organized, bulleted format, with easy-to-read tables interspersed throughout the text. Each psychiatric disorder is covered in exhaustive detail (this is especially true in the sections on schizophrenia and the mood disorders). In addition, the author provides advice on preparing for the exam, skills needed during the exam (e.g., building rapport with the patient), and emphasizes the importance of being able to come up with a comprehensive differential diagnosis.
Assessment:The author has compiled an excellent review of the major psychiatric disorders, based on DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria, with an emphasis on the information and skills needed to pass the boards. Given the influx of new treatments and information relating to the practice of psychiatry, the new edition is certainly justified. This review is highly recommended for candidates studying for the oral boards in psychiatry and for psychiatrists studying for their recertification exam.