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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (University of Arizona Health Sciences Center)
Description: Developed as an "aid for psychiatrists' lifelong learning in the field," this book contains 400 examination-style, multiple choice questions complied from the American Psychiatric Association's annual self assessment examinations.
Purpose: This book addresses the need for psychiatrists to keep pace with the rapidly changing, ever-expanding field of knowledge in the practice of psychiatry.
Audience: While useful for residents preparing for in-service examinations (such as the PRITE), or medical students preparing for their psychiatry shelf-exam, this book is primarily targeted at psychiatrists preparing for certification or recertification of their board status.
Features: Separated into two portions (the first with questions, the second with the answers and explanations with references for further information), this book addresses most of the topics in the field related to a thorough review of material for a board-type examination. Particularly useful are the answer sheets, a one-page list of the answers, and an index of the questions by topic, all provided in the back of the book.
Assessment: I found this particular effort the most complete and accurate when compared to the actual board examination. The variety of questions testing knowledge of both psychopharmacology and psychotherapeutic techniques is outstanding, and degree of difficulty provides readers with an accurate assessment of their own knowledge base and highlights specific areas of needed improvement. This book is a must for those preparing for the board examination or for recertification, but is also a useful tool for clinicians interested in maintaining their knowledge in this field, and it is well worth the price!