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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Christine J. Choe, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: As the title indicates, this is a collection of cases in child and adolescent psychiatry with accompanying diagnostic formulations and treatment recommendations.
Purpose: The overall purpose of the book is to help clinicians address some of the diagnostic and treatment challenges in children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders. It is also intended to be useful in preparation for the child and adolescent psychiatry board exams. This is the most comprehensive collection of child and adolescent cases based on the DSM-IV-TR that I know of.
Audience: The intended audience is quite broad, from trainees to more experienced clinicians, in multiple disciplines. The level of expertise represented by the 90 contributing authors is outstanding. Readers have the opportunity to learn how leaders in the field might approach these cases.
Features: Each case contains three separate sets of formulations and recommendations: one written from a psychopharmacological perspective, another from a psychotherapeutic perspective, and an integrative formulation and treatment plan offered by the case writer. The 30 cases are divided into four sections focusing on classic cases, comorbidity, diagnostic and treatment dilemmas, and the effect of social stressors. Two concluding chapters detail the process of diagnostic and treatment decision-making. This book is excellent as a teaching tool because of the consistency of the format and the comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach. Each discussion demonstrates how the case might be approached rationally and is well integrated with scientific evidence and suggestions for how assessment tools might be used for each particular case. The discussions tend to be quite insightful and practical. What's fascinating are the frequent discrepancies in the conclusions reached by different contributing authors, which might be expected in any intelligent discussion among multiple clinicians approaching a case. The editors briefly address the discrepancies in introductions to each of the four major sections.
Assessment: This is a well-constructed, well-conceived book that appears to be successful as a teaching and learning tool for trainees and potentially more experienced clinicians. The case-based format is used particularly well to instruct readers on how to approach cases rationally and how to integrate assessment tools and scientific evidence into the process of decision-making. It also would be quite useful for child and adolescent psychiatrists preparing for the oral board exam as a way to practice and improve their skills in formulation and treatment planning.