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The Insider's Guide to Acing the Psychiatry Boards Written by Physicians Who Passed!

Apply the proven First Aid formula for Psychiatry Board success!

"A classic review in virtually every sense, this book consists of brief chapters packed with vital psychiatric and neurological information targeting the clinical knowledge criteria outlined by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) for their board-certification examination. Using abbreviated and high yield chapters, this book presents the most up-to-date and useful information on psychiatric and neurologic concepts related to the ABPN examination. 3 Stars."—Doody's Review Service

First Aid for the Psychiatry Boards is an “insider's guide” to passing the Psychiatry Boards, in-training exams, and recertification. Based on feedback from recent test-takers, this review offers high-yield information, mnemonics, and visual aids — along with mini-cases for oral board success.The content is written by recent test-takers so you know you are studying the most current and relevant material possible. Now you can get real answers to real board questions!


  • Hundreds of high-yield facts, mnemonics, clinical images, and summary tables help you ace the boards and in-service exams
  • Covers must-know psychiatry and neurology topics in one complete volume
  • Written by recent, successful test-takers and reviewed by top faculty so you know you're studying the most relevant, up-to-date material possible
  • Integrated mini-cases review frequently tested scenarios and classic patient presentations
  • Great for in-service and board exams and the perfect refresher before recertification

Insider Coverage of All the Must-Know Topics:

Guide to the ABPN Examination,

Psychiatry Topics

Disorders of Childhood Onset,

Unipolar Depressive Disorders,

Bipolar Disorder,

Primary Psychotic Disorders,

Substance Abuse and Dependence,

Anxiety Disorders,

Personality Disorders,

Eating Disorders,

Somatoform Disorders,

Sleep and Sleep Disorders,

Delirium and Dementia,

Sexuality and Sexual Disorders,

Neurology Topics

Neuroanatomy and Clinical Correlates,

Stroke and Critical Care,

Neurochemistry and Neuropharmacology,


Neurodegenerative Disorders,

Headache and Pain,


Neuro-ophthalomology and Neuro-otology,

Neurological Infections,

Neuromuscular Disease,

Pediatric Neurology and Neurogenetics,

Seizures and Epilepsy


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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (Assurance Health and Wellness)
Description: A classic review in virtually every sense, this book consists of brief chapters packed with vital psychiatric and neurological information targeting the clinical knowledge criteria outlined by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) for their board-certification examination.
Purpose: Using abbreviated and high yield chapters, this book presents the most up-to-date and useful information on psychiatric and neurologic concepts related to the ABPN examination.
Audience: Though useful for medical students or others interested in the field of psychiatry, this book's main audience includes psychiatrists preparing to sit for board-certification examination administered by the ABPN.
Features: The book is divided into two sections, one on psychiatric topics and one on neurologic topics. Chapters contain various combinations of diagrams, tables, figures, case examples, and black-and-white photographs. (Four pages of color photographs at the end of the book highlight various ophthalmologic and dermatologic concepts.) Author-identified, must-know information in the margins pinpoints vital data for the examination.
Assessment: The First Aid series of review books is popular among medical students, residents, and other medical professionals for presenting volumes of quality information in digestible bits, focusing on what's most vital for success on various types of examinations. This is another in the line of decent review manuals, though, like most reviews, in-depth understanding of unclear concepts requires additional investigation using other resources. The main drawbacks to this book are its lack of coverage of psychopharmacologic concepts and its tendency to be too simplistic in some areas. However, for psychiatrists, the review of neurologic concepts is quite useful, and overall this is a worthy effort and should help candidates successfully pass the board examination.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071499866
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/12/2010
  • Series: FIRST AID Specialty Boards Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 482
  • Sales rank: 634,772
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Amin Azzam, MD, MA

Assistant Clinical Professor

Department of Psychiatry

University of California-San Francisco

Assistant Clinical Professor

School of Public Health, University of California-Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

Jason Yanofski, MD

Psychiatry Residency

Johns Hopkins University Hospital

Child Psychiatry Fellowship

University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center

Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship

Yale University

Edward Kaftarian, MD

Psychiatry Residency

Johns Hopkins University Hospital

Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship

University of California-Davis

Series Editor:

Tao Le, MD, MHS

Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics

and Medicine

Chief, Section of Allergy and Immunology

Department of Medicine

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY

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Table of Contents

Contributing Authors
How to Contribute
1. Guide to the ABPN Examination
2. Disorders of Childhood Onset
3. Unipolar Depressive Disorders
4. Bipolar Disorder
5. Primary Psychotic Disorders
6. Substance Abuse and Dependence
7. Anxiety Disorders
8. Personalty Disorders
9. Eating Disorders
10. Somatoform Disorders
11. Sleep and Sleep Disorders
12. Delirium and Dementia
13. Sexuality and Sexual Disorders
14. Neuroanatomy and Clinical Correlates
15. Stroke and Critical Care
16. Neurochemistry and Neuropharmacology
17. Neuroimmunology
18. Neurodegenerative Disorders
19. Headache and Pain
20. Neuro-oncology
21. Neuro-ophthalmology and Neuro-otology
22. Neurological Infections
23. Neuromuscular Disease
24. Pediatric Neurology and Neurogenetics
25. Seizures and Epilepsy
Color Plates

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