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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nancy Schell, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book draws together epidemiologic, diagnostic, and treatment information with the past and current research in these areas.
Purpose: The text was conceptualized as a tool for clinicians and researchers to understand the varying impact of comorbidity in affective disorders. It was meant to be a comprehensive, yet concise overview.
Audience: The main audience is practitioners and researchers, both clinical and biological.
Features: While the book is divided into two major parts, depression and bipolar disorder, both follow somewhat parallel development. Written by carefully selected experts, issues on substance abuse, medical illness, and other Axis I disorders, as well as Axis II disorders are addressed. Tables and charts illustrate points and present data. References are current.
Assessment: This is a very useful book. It is highly recommended to those interested in comorbidity of affective disorders.