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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This new book on the use of computer technology in psychiatry and written and edited by experts, is a valuable contribution to the field.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the editors, is to focus on computer applications relevant to the practice of clinical psychiatry and provide an introductory reference for clinicians who are either new to computers or contemplating purchasing one for the first time. The editors have succeeded in producing a very useful guide for the computer novice.
Audience: The intended audience is psychiatrists with basic or no knowledge of computer technology. It could also be useful for psychiatry residents.
Features: Topics covered in the 11 chapters include choosing a computer, desktop and notebook computers, PDAs, software, the Internet, telemedicine, security issues, and the future. There is also a useful glossary and index sections. There are helpful references at the end of each chapter.
Assessment: This is a valuable book summarizing the state-of-the-art in psychiatric computer technology for the beginner.