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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: John K. Larson, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This softcover, paperback-sized book contains 15 pithy chapters on the basics of psychodynamic psychotherapy. It was designed to fit easily into a lab coat pocket and is clearly meant to serve as a ready reference to the topic. It was written by three psychiatrists, all faculty at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.
Purpose: The stated purpose is to provide practical, accessible information for psychiatrists and psychiatric residents that can be used in varied settings. It is meant to complement more detailed information found in lengthier psychiatric texts.
Audience: The targeted audience is psychiatrists and psychiatric residents, but this volume would also be useful to any mental health practitioner.
Features: The book covers such topics as basic principles, the prescription of psychotherapy, psychodynamic listening, beginning treatment, resistance, transference, countertransference, dreams, and termination. Each chapter is informed by the authors' knowledge of the resource limitations and time constraints faced by a psychotherapist in a managed-care environment. Each chapter is followed by a brief, up-to-date bibliography. The book also contains numerous tables, an appendix, a glossary, and a useful index. The entire handbook is organized for rapid reference.
Assessment: This little book admirably succeeds in its purpose and should find wide acceptance among practicing psychiatrists, psychiatric residents, and other mental health professionals.