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From The CriticsReviewer: Thomas G. Cobb, MD (University of Michigan)
Description: This informal, practical guide to clinical neuropsychiatry is a synthesis of the latest research findings with the principles of diagnosis and treatment.
Purpose: The author seeks to provide a useful, reasoned way to apply neuroscience to the treatment of the psychiatric patient. The explosion of knowledge in basic neuroscience makes such a practical approach needed. The author does a great job of showing how to apply the neuropsychiatric perspective to all types of patients.
Audience: This is written for psychiatry residents and medical students. While it may be a little too in-depth for the medical student, those who have shied away from psychiatry due to its perceived subjectivity will appreciate this text. The author's 30 years of teaching experience in basic and clinical neuropsychiatry certainly qualify him as an expert in the field.
Features: Covering the basics of organization of the brain, to interviewing from a neuropsychiatric perspective, to specific etiologies and treatments of mental illness, the author builds from simple to more complex. The strong points of the book are readability and ease of digestion. The author's plain-speaking style makes the reader feel as if he or she is on rounds with the author. His challenge of the DSM-IV classification system is refreshing and thought provoking. What would improve this text is the addition of higher quality illustrations and graphics.
Assessment: With the immense availability of comprehensive texts in neuropsychiatry, all of which demonstrate how overwhelming the field can be, the author's practical approach is a welcome addition to the field. This guide can easily be incorporated into residents' current diagnosis and treatment schemes. While reference texts and journal articles abound, practical guides for the clinician are lacking. This book fills that need.