DSM-IV: Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders / Edition 4

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Reviewer: Howard M. Kravitz, DO, MPH (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is the fourth edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV). This official nomenclature is based on a categorical approach using defined criteria sets for classifying mental disorders.
Purpose: Its threefold purpose is to serve clinical, research, and educational functions. Primarily, it provides guidelines for making diagnoses in clinical practice. Additional goals are to provide a nomenclature system for facilitating research and improving communication among clinicians and researchers and to function as an educational tool for teaching psychopathology. Efforts were made to coordinate its development with that of the ICD-10 to increase compatibility between the two systems. The book reflects a consensus "grounded in empirical evidence" and continues to use a multiaxial system and a descriptive approach that is neutral with respect to theories of etiology.
Audience: Its broad audience includes psychiatrists, other physicians, psychologists, social workers, nurses, occupational and rehabilitation therapists, counselors, and other health and mental health professionals.
Features: Appendix A consists of six decision trees that are useful for understanding the organizational and hierarchical structure used in DSM-IV. Other interesting features are examples of rating scales that may help define new axes for the multiaxial system, glossaries of technical terms and of culture-bound syndromes, and a listing of major changes from DSM-III-R. References were omitted from this book; the documentation and reference record will comprise a separate publication, the DSM-IV Sourcebook.
Assessment: Structurally and content-wise this expanded update (more than 300 pages longer than DSM-III-R) of the APA's official nomenclature indeed provides an information-packed and functionally useful text for clinical practice, research, and education. Although the question of whether this text was really necessary at this time remains, this is not the forum for continuing the debate. Bottom line, libraries should have at least one copy available. Moreover, it is a must for any bookstore with psychiatrists and other mental health professionals as customers. DSM-IV is an essential text and is destined to be a best seller.
Howard M. Kravitz
This is the fourth edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV). This official nomenclature is based on a categorical approach using defined criteria sets for classifying mental disorders. Its threefold purpose is to serve clinical, research, and educational functions. Primarily, it provides guidelines for making diagnoses in clinical practice. Additional goals are to provide a nomenclature system for facilitating research and improving communication among clinicians and researchers and to function as an educational tool for teaching psychopathology. Efforts were made to coordinate its development with that of the ICD-10 to increase compatibility between the two systems. The book reflects a consensus "grounded in empirical evidence" and continues to use a multiaxial system and a descriptive approach that is neutral with respect to theories of etiology. Its broad audience includes psychiatrists, other physicians, psychologists, social workers, nurses, occupational and rehabilitation therapists, counselors, and other health and mental health professionals. Appendix A consists of six decision trees that are useful for understanding the organizational and hierarchical structure used in DSM-IV. Other interesting features are examples of rating scales that may help define new axes for the multiaxial system, glossaries of technical terms and of culture-bound syndromes, and a listing of major changes from DSM-III-R. References were omitted from this book; the documentation and reference record will comprise a separate publication, theDSM-IV Sourcebook. Structurally and content-wise this expanded update (more than 300 pages longer than DSM-III-R) of the APA's official nomenclature indeed provides an information-packed and functionally useful text for clinical practice, research, and education. Although the question of whether this text was really necessary at this time remains, this is not the forum for continuing the debate. Bottom line, libraries should have at least one copy available. Moreover, it is a must for any bookstore with psychiatrists and other mental health professionals as customers. DSM-IV is an essential text and is destined to be a best seller.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780890420621
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1994
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 886
  • Product dimensions: 7.01 (w) x 10.04 (h) x 1.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2000

    Best Book For The Money

    Like my headline says, this is the best psych guide you'll find for under $50. It's rather general but covers many different disorders. Unless you're looking for a manual on adhd, ocd, depression or substance abuse I doubt that any books are as accurate as this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2000

    If you don't need it immediately . . .

    This is a must-have for anyone going into the medical and/or social service field. It is an excellent reference to have in your personal library, however, if you don't need it immediately, the DSM-IV(R) (4th ed., revised) was published in January, and is currently available by special order. From past experience, the versions do change (going from DSM-III to DSM-III(R)). It may be worth the wait to get the IV(R) because the APA will probably not change this book again for several years.

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