Clinical Study Guide for the Oral Boards in Psychiatry / Edition 3

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"Incorporating the updated diagnoses reflected in DSM-IV-TR and presenting pertinent clinical information on the assessment and treatment of the kinds of patients most likely to be encountered during the oral boards in psychiatry, this new edition retains its predecessor's easy-to-use chapter format and breakthrough perspective. The author emphasizes that candidates are being tested not on their proficiency in making a single accurate diagnosis but rather on their ability to formulate a differential diagnosis - that is, on their reasoning skills and their ability to recognize, during even a short patient interview, that many diagnoses are possible. And knowledge alone is not enough; the examinee also must demonstrate insight by showing empathy for the patient and by developing a collegial relationship with the examiners." The ABPN requires psychiatrists to pass a recertification examination every 10 years. In addition to its utility in preparation for the oral boards, this third edition of Clinical Study Guide for the Oral Boards in Psychiatry represents an excellent review text for clinicians facing the recertification examination. This indispensable study guide offers a distinct advantage to the busy professional by bringing together in one compact volume both the knowledge and the insights so essential to success on these crucial examinations.
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Reviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (University of Arizona Health Sciences Center)
Description: Written in an outline format, this book contains a review of much of the information vital for passing part II of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) examination.
Purpose: For this update, the author notes that, due to the dynamic nature of the field, he was required to "reduce, but not eliminate, clinical information related to older 'tried and true' medications."
Audience: Although a useful manual for those interested in a synopsis of diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders (as classified by the DSM-IV), this guide is designed specifically for individuals who are preparing for part II of the ABPN examination.
Features: In addition to the chapters based on the diagnostic categories found in the DSM-IV, this study guide also contains a chapter dedicated to miscellaneous topics (such as clinical studies of particular importance and metabolic syndrome, among many others), as well as tables and figures. Chapters are penned in an outline style, with brief explanations to highlight important concepts.
Assessment: I reviewed an earlier edition of this guide (second edition in 2005) and found it to be quite useful and comprehensive, so I was eager to read this updated fourth edition. From a content standpoint, the new edition does not disappoint. The author succinctly addresses most of the relevant issues in the diagnosis, treatment, and outcome of virtually every DSM-IV condition with data from recent literature. Though the flow is somewhat choppy, the intent of this guide is to review vital information, not present new concepts. Overall, this is a fine review book which should prove useful for its intended audience. However, its usefulness may be time-limited, as the ABPN has begun offering a new examination for recent resident graduates, and plans to continue the old part II format until around 2013, when it will be phased out altogether.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585622931
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 501
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Nathan R. Strahl, M.D., Ph.D., is Consulting Associate in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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Table of Contents

1 Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders 1

2 Mood Disorders 101

3 Anxiety Disorders 213

4 Substance-Related Disorders 257

5 Personality Disorders 315

6 Cognitive Disorders 353

7 Violent Behavior 375

8 Eating Disorders 387

9 Miscellaneous Topics 401

Index 449

List of Figures

List of Tables

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