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Doody ReviewsReviewer: Christopher J. Graver, PhD (Madigan Army Medical Center)
Description: Our understanding of psychopathology has evidently progressed beyond magical diagnostic formulations to become a logical and methodologically rigorous science. New insights and theories are shared in this book, especially as they relate to classification, diagnosis, and revisions of the DSM.
Purpose: The primary aim of this book is to provide suggestions and directions for understanding psychopathology that may provide useful to the writers of the DSM-V. A secondary aim is to continue to incorporate multiple perspectives into our understanding and to integrate medical and psychological knowledge into a unified diagnostic system. However, the timing of this publication is an issue given that a draft of DSM-V is already available.
Audience: The audience for this book is broad and includes doctors, clinicians, therapists, and other behavioral health paraprofessionals. The editors are pinnacle theorists and researchers and have included a broad spectrum of qualified contributing authors.
Features: This book covers several major topics, presenting a historical review, conceptual issues in classification, methodological approaches, and innovative proposals and theories. The first section provides an intriguing framework for comprehending both the individual contributions of pioneers in psychopathology and the directions of formal nomenclature and taxonomy. The book proceeds to explore current issues in diagnostic classification as well as trends and new research that heralds new directions in this endeavor. Some of the ideas are intriguing, and some are baffling. On the one hand, the idea of psychoneurometrics of psychopathology that integrates psychophysiological information with psychological criteria truly hints at the exciting ability to use all available information in reaching an accurate diagnosis. On the other hand, reonceptualizing symptoms of autism as learning disabilities has great potential for confusing clinicians, educators, and the lay public.
Assessment: For readers interested in new directions and perspectives in DSM taxonomy, this book will provide thought-provoking insights, but the price of revolutionary ideas is that they sometimes diverge from rational thought.