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Concise Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
     

Concise Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

by Mina K. Dulcan, Charles W. Popper
 

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The Concise Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Second Edition is a significant and timely update to the first addition. Written by Mina K. Dulcan and D. Richard Martini, this overview is concise, convenient and affordable. Some highlighted features include:
  • Updated from the previous edition to DSM IV classifications.
  • Includes the latest

Overview

The Concise Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Second Edition is a significant and timely update to the first addition. Written by Mina K. Dulcan and D. Richard Martini, this overview is concise, convenient and affordable. Some highlighted features include:

  • Updated from the previous edition to DSM IV classifications.
  • Includes the latest clinical research findings on psychopathology and treatment.
  • Covers topics most crucial to beginners in this field of study. Helpful key reference listings of additional readings.
For the beginning student of child and adolescent psychiatry, this book is the guide for forming a basis for study and understanding. Chapters introduce the reader to the very latest thinking in assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

About the Authors:
Mina K. Dulcan, M.D.-Margaret C. Osterman Professor of Child Psychiatry. Head, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Children's Memorial Hospital. Director, Warren Wright Adolescent Program, Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Northwestern University Medical School.

D. Richard Martini, M.D.- Director, Consultation Liaison, Intake, and Emergency Services, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Children's Memorial Hospital. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics, Northwestern University Medical School.

Editorial Reviews

4 Stars! from Doody
Doodys Health Sciences Book Review Journal
It is a valuable resource for those just beginning to treat child psychiatry patients.
Tina M. Mattera
This is the second edition of a book that introduces mental healthcare for this age group to the professional with some knowledge of adult psychiatry. The first edition was published in 1990. This book is to be used in conjunction with clinical supervision to guide the novice student or resident in child and adolescent psychiatry in their work with these patients. This comprehensive text covers the spectrum of child psychiatric disorders and their treatment, including areas of new research and controversy. It is a valuable resource for those just beginning to treat child psychiatry patients. Both authors are credible authorities in their field and they have published before. In addition to covering all of the DSM IV diagnoses and their medical and psychosocial treatments, this book also provides helpful sections such as references for parents and an extensive index of tables. This index includes information about family developmental tasks, mental status exam, examples of standardized diagnostic assessment interviews, Iowa Conners Teacher Rating Scale, medical contributions to ADHD, etc. In the eight years since the first edition was written, there has been much research done in the area of child and adolescent psychiatry. This book is written based on the most current literature available and as there is tremendous investigation that continues in the field, so this second edition is necessary.
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Karen Hadley, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This condensed pocket version of Dulcan's Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (American Psychiatric Publishing, 2010) provides straightforward information on symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and overall management of childhood and adolescent mental illness. It is more than just a practical book, also providing information on etiology, prevalence, and other considerations helpful to clinicians managing children with mental illness.
Purpose: The purpose is to give clinicians management guidelines and considerations for treating children and adolescents with mental illness. However, the preface simply states that the book is written to update the previous edition. This would be one of my few criticisms of the book. The preface does not really give a statement about what the book is, for whom it would be useful, and for what purpose.
Audience: The book is recommended for child and adolescent psychiatrists, medical students, pediatricians, family practitioners, and nurse practitioners, among others. It is a little too specific for the average medical student who is doing a brief rotation in child psychiatry, but it will be most helpful for residents and fellows in training. However, it is a great resource and hands-on guide for all the other recommended readers.
Features: The benefits of this concise version are its portability and its ease of use. It covers the majority of childhood disorders that child psychiatrists would expect to see and treat on a daily basis and it is fairly thorough in its approach. However, I would recommend several additions. First, the book could use a brief mini-mental status exam applicable for younger age groups. Although Folstein is generally ingrained by the time practitioners are in their senior years of training, including this exam would be helpful for other mental health professionals. Second, while development is discussed on some level, it would be helpful to include a chart that shows appropriate ages of developmental milestones. This would be useful in an emergency or consult situation and, because the book is so portable, practitioners could have this information with them at all times. The medication charts with dosing ranges are helpful.
Assessment: It is difficult to compare this book to others in the field, as specific child psychiatry handbooks are few and far between. However, this is a very useful little book. I recently went on an away rotation and this was the only book I took with me, and it was the only one I ended up using. Although the hospital provided me four larger books geared toward specific disorders, to be honest, I didn't really need to have anything else. It is obviously nowhere near as comprehensive as the Dulcan textbook, but I would highly recommend this as a pocket guide.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780880483322
Publisher:
American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1991
Series:
Concise Guides
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
241
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 6.45(h) x 0.62(d)

What People are Saying About This

Peter E. Tanguay
This is a terrific book for beginners. It provides an up-to-date account of the nature, diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional problems in children...
— ( Peter E. Tanguay, M.D., Ackerly Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky)
Jack McDermott
An excellent pocket-sized reference for mental health students and primary care residents.
—(Jack McDermott, M.D., Professor Emeritus, University of Hawaii School of Medicine, Honolulu, Hawaii)

Meet the Author

Mina K. Dulcan, M.D., is Margaret C. Osterman Professor of Child Psychiatry, Head of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Children's Memorial Hospital, Director of the Warren Wright Adolescent Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics and Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.

MaryBeth Lake, M.D., is Director of Education in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Children's Memorial Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.

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