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From The CriticsReviewer: Raj Tummala, MD (Wyeth Pharmaceuticals)
Description: This is a thorough overview of HIV with an emphasis on the psychiatric presentation and management, set in a global psychosocial context.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive review of HIV/AIDS psychiatry encompassing all facets of AIDS based on a psychiatric context.
Audience: This book is targeted towards primarily clinicians, residents, students, and anyone dealing with HIV/AIDS patients.
Features: This is the first major overview of HIV/AIDS psychiatry edited and written by experts in the field. The book is divided into 10 comprehensive sections covering history/epidemiology, psychiatric disorders, neuropathology, psychosocial issues, and health policy. By employing a biopsychosocial approach to the presentation, the authors view AIDS from different models that are unique but also complementary in patient management. The first section on relevance and implications in AIDS psychiatry also covers psychoneuroimmunology and sociocultural factors influencing transmission along with case vignettes that highlight the history of AIDS. Comprehensive assessment/consultation methods based on a psychosocial approach and neuropsychological evaluations are provided. Experts in the areas cover the most common psychiatric disorders and manifestations associated with HIV infection in detail. Unique manifestations of insomnia, fatigue, and suicide are detailed to highlight the importance of these in HIV patients. Clinical information is evidence-based, along with the experiences of the authors. All information is cross-referenced from an extensive reference section. Information is also augmented by graphs, tables, and charts. Of special mention are the chapters on risk behaviors, adherence, and AIDS through the life cycle. The section on comorbid medical conditions is a nice review of all major infections and comorbidities that have an impact on the psychiatric state of the patient.
Assessment: This is truly a comprehensive overview of all of the major topics that are important in the psychiatric treatment of HIV/AIDS patients.