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From The CriticsReviewer: Raj Tummala, MD (Wyeth Pharmaceuticals)
Description: This comprehensive reference of integrated clinical psychiatric information has been updated from the previous edition on key diagnostic, psychotherapeutic, and psychopharmacologic modalities.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive and easy to use reference of psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacologic modalities that are commonly used in clinical practice.
Audience: It is targeted at anyone dealing with patients with psychiatric disorders such as students, residents, clinicians, and nurses.
Features: The book is divided into four sections covering all the major aspects of psychiatric medicine and experts author each chapter. The first sections cover all the major areas that form the foundation of clinical practice such as epidemiology, genetics, and neuropsychological assessment. The first section covers concisely patient evaluation techniques and the various forms of treatment interventions. In the second section, all of the major psychiatric disorders in adults are covered in detail. Each disease state is covered in a consistent format that reviews the epidemiology, genetics, clinical findings, and treatment. Disease entities are cross-referenced with DSM IV diagnoses and information is highlighted in tables, graphs, and italics. Each section has a concise reference section. Section three covers all the major disorders seen in children using the same format as the adult section. Of special mention are the chapters on emergency, consultation liaison, and forensic psychiatry. Vignettes are used to describe some of the cases.
Assessment: Overall, this new edition provides the latest information in psychiatric practice, covering all of the major areas in adequate detail in a reader friendly format.