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From The CriticsReviewer: Steve Paschos, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book examines the evidence that there is an association between depression and cardiac morbidity and death, evaluates the various potential underlying mechanisms, and discusses the treatment of depression in light of cardiovascular disease.
Purpose: The purpose is to examine the evidence that exists for the underlying hypothesis/mechanisms associating depression with cardiovascular disease so that the timely diagnosis and treatment of depressive disorders can be made.
Audience: It is intended as a resource for mental health professionals.
Features: Each of the six chapters is broken down into succinct subject headings/sections, uses excellent figures and tables that enhance the text, has concluding remarks that summarize and highlight the take home points, and ends with a reference section. All of these features are helpful in comprehending this complex subject.
Assessment: This book thoroughly reviews the current evidence and mechanisms underlying the interplay between depression and cardiovascular disease and stresses the importance of timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment.