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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Brett C. Plyler, M.D.(Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: This book, the result of a series of meetings held to present scientific data relevant to eating disorder classification, features summaries of the research presentations and the discussions that followed.
Purpose: The purpose is to be a guide to the latest research in the field of eating disorders and an inside look at the important issues being discussed for eating disorders in DSM 5.
Audience: It is written for any mental health practitioner interested in the research, development, and discussion of better classifications of eating disorders.
Features: The book covers a wide variety of topics related to eating disorder classification, with the upcoming publication of DSM 5 foremost in mind. A great deal of time is devoted to how to make the diagnostic categories more specific and accurate as most patients end up in the catch all of Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified. Different approaches are reviewed including empirical, mortality and recovery data, loss of control as a subfactor, binge size, and latent structure analysis. The next part focuses on eating disorders in children and adolescents with a series of proposed changes for DSM 5 and examination of the current taxonomy to determine its validity. The last section reviews cultural considerations, with chapters on Native American populations and on eating disorders in Japan, Canada, and the Pacific.
Assessment: This is a very important work in light of the imminent publication of DSM 5. A great deal of time and effort has gone into improving the diagnostic categories of eating disorders to make them more reliable and specific, and the book conveys that. The data are interesting and relative to anyone working with patients with eating disorders. However, the book is not for the casual reader. The chapters can be highly technical and dense. It is not, nor was it meant to be, a treatment guide for eating disorders. If you want to see how eating disorder nosology and taxonomy is created and the likely changes to DSM 5 and beyond, this is the book for you.