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From The CriticsReviewer: Christine J. Choe, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is an overhaul of The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, edited by Jerry Wiener and Mina Dulcan and last published in 2003. Several chapters have been added and/or expanded and there are new lead authors for the majority of topics. Each textbook includes an activation code that will provide access to a full-text online version for $25. A study guide with questions on each chapter can also be purchased separately.
Purpose: The stated purpose is to provide a comprehensive, clinically focused textbook that is grounded in science and can be used as a basic text for trainees in child and adolescent psychiatry.
Audience: The intended audience is primarily child and adolescent psychiatry fellows, but it also will be useful as a reference for any mental health clinicians who work with youth.
Features: The book includes sections on assessment of different age groups, the process and techniques of assessment, specific disorders and syndromes, special topics and clinical circumstances, and finally, somatic and psychosocial treatments and interventions. This will be an excellent resource for trainees, practicing clinicians, and those studying for the child and adolescent boards. It is well organized, thorough, and succeeds handily in providing information that would be useful to clinical work. Several features make it entirely readable, including the clarity of the language, consistent organization among chapters, and a font that is easy on the eyes. Because the focus is on information that is directly relevant to clinical work, what this book does not provide is comprehensive coverage of other areas of the field, such as biological foundations of disease, normal development, psychiatric education, historical perspectives, the process of research, etc. There are a few clinical topics that probably did not get enough attention in this book (e.g. somatoform disorders, reactive attachment disorder, adoption issues, or personality disorders).
Assessment: Overall, this is a valuable and useful resource for clinicians and an excellent book for trainees regarding clinical work. In comparison to another well-respected textbook, Lewis's Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: A Comprehensive Textbook, 4th edition, Martin and Volkmar (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007), this book does not have the breadth of information, but does a much better job of providing clinically useful information in a well-organized and readable format.