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From The CriticsReviewer: William Miles, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This excellent book is essentially a review of the current state of psychiatric knowledge. It is comprised of numerous chapters, each written by contributors considered to be authorities in their fields who provide comprehensive and up-to-date information on commonly (and not so commonly) encountered psychiatric conditions.
Purpose: The purpose is to translate the numerous new discoveries in psychiatry into a form useful to clinicians, residents, and others interested in this field. The editors succeed wonderfully in this endeavor as this book is extremely thorough yet easy to use.
Audience: According to the editors, the target audience is students, residents, psychiatrists, and primary-care providers who may treat psychiatric patients. Because of the thoroughness of their work, students may find it somewhat overwhelming, but certainly clinicians of any sort would find the book extremely helpful.
Features: Coverage in this book is quite thorough, as almost all aspects of psychiatry can be studied. It is divided into five sections. In the first contributors deal with areas of science relevant to psychiatry, such as developmental psychology, psychopharmacology, and epidemiology. In Section II contributors discuss various settings in which psychiatry is practiced, general principles, and psychological testing. There are also good chapters on forensic, consultation/liaison, and emergency psychiatry. The numerous psychiatric syndromes clinicians encounter are covered in the third section. In the fourth and fifth sections the focus is primarily on child and adolescent psychiatry.
Assessment: Numerous books have been written in an attempt to provide clinicians a general review of the complicated field of psychiatry. However, few have succeeded as well as the editors of this book. It is well organized, easy to use, and contains practically every topic a clinician might need to know about in psychiatry. It would be a welcome addition to the library of any clinician who treats psychiatric patients.