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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (Assurance Health and Wellness)
Description: Complied by various authors with expertise in multiple subspecialty areas of medicine, this book attempts to address the widening gap of knowledge between specialists in psychiatry and those in medicine regarding medical complications seen with their combined patients.
Purpose: This book was written to further medical education of psychiatrists regarding evidence-based medical treatments for their patients. While not meant to "replace well-established print and electronic resources of medical knowledge," its goal is to familiarize clinicians with the expanding knowledge base within, the field of medicine.
Audience: Penned mainly for use by psychiatrists and other mental health providers (psychiatric nurse practitioners, etc.), this book might also be useful for residents and medical students, as well as psychologists interested in the interplay between mental and physical health.
Features: Unlike many books of its type, this work is organized using a "modified" version of the "traditional organ-system approach," meaning chapters are grouped using common physical presentations as guides for discussion. For example, chapters include, "Agitation", "Prolonged Q-Tc Interval", and "Neutropenia". There are also some useful, but bland, charts, tables, and diagrams throughout the book.
Assessment: It can be comforting as a psychiatrist to assume the treatment of a patient's medical problems is the responsibility of another medical provider. However, given the ever-increasing complexity of medical and psychiatric conditions and our growing understanding their relationships to one another, attempts to appreciate the melding of these conditions are appropriate and necessary. Overall, the chapters in this text are comprehensive enough, without being overwhelming, and the authors appear to have achieved their goal of deepening the reader's knowledge base without creating further apprehension in these areas. The sections of each chapter titled "Risk Stratification," summarize useful information quickly, and are particularly useful.