High-Yield Behavioral Science / Edition 3

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High-Yield™ Behavioral Science, Third Edition presents a concise review of the behavioral science material tested on the USMLE Step 1. The High-Yield™ outline format, with tables, diagrams, photographs, and images to clarify important material, provides a concentrated, efficient review for both course exams and the USMLE. Patient Snapshots present clinical scenarios and pose specific questions. Annotated answers and explanations appear at the end of each chapter. This edition is thoroughly updated, consistent with DSM-IV-TR, and reorganized into six major sections: The Life Cycle; Biological and Psychological Bases of Behavior; Psychopathology; Social Behavior; The Practice of Medicine; and Epidemiology and Statistics.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Reviewer: Valerie E Mathis-Allen, MD (Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services)
Description: This book is designed to provide medical students with concise, clear presentations of topics commonly tested on the USMLE step 1. It uses a "Patient Snapshot" feature icon that describes scenarios and asks questions on pertinent clinical topics and disorders with the answers and explanations provided at the end of each chapter. The previous edition was published in 2009.
Purpose: The purpose is to help students prepare for step 1 of the USMLE.
Audience: Although intended for medical students, this book could be helpful for residents and any practitioners interested in a quick, easy-to-understand overview of psychiatric topics.
Features: The book covers developmental psychology, learning theory, psychopathology, sleep, substance-related disorders, human sexuality, social behavior, physician-patient relationships, healthcare delivery, medical ethics, epidemiology, and statistics. It is written in an outline format with many easy-to-understand tables. The best features are the short chapters with clear, concise presentations of information as well as the use of the "Patient Snapshots" to provide memorable scenarios and pose specific questions about relevant topics and disorders. The only shortcomings are the unappealing cover and the lack of color in the book.
Assessment: This is a goldmine of information. While it is written for the medical students, it is a valuable quick review for any practitioner interested in psychiatric topics. It reviews, clarifies, illustrates, and explains difficult concepts with interesting patient scenarios, tables, and questions and answers.
From The Critics
Reviewer: William Miles, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is one in a series of review books designed to prepare medical students for the USMLE Step 1. This particular book reviews psychiatry and behavioral science.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide medical students with a concise review of behavioral science in order to prepare them for the USMLE Step 1.
Audience: The book is especially targeted for medical students preparing for the USMLE Step 1. However, given the book's thoroughness and conciseness, anyone who wants a quick review of psychiatry and behavioral science may find it worthwhile.
Features: The book offers a concise review of numerous subjects related to behavioral medicine including developmental psychology, learning theory, DSM-IV-oriented psychopathology, and human sexuality. It also offers a quick and easy-to-understand review of epidemiology and statistics. There are no illustrations, but none are needed. There are, however, numerous tables and some graphs. Case vignettes add to the book's thoroughness, and help readers apply the content in a clinical setting. An excellent glossary and index are found at the end.
Assessment: This book accomplishes exactly what it set out to do: offer a thorough yet concise review of behavioral science for medical students studying for the USMLE Step 1. Although numerous review books are available, this one is above average due to its size, thoroughness, and ease of reading. This book probably should not be limited to medical students; any clinician wanting a quick review of psychiatry may find it useful reading.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781782586
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Series: High-Yield Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.22 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Child Development 1
2 Adolescence and Adulthood 7
3 Aging, Death, and Bereavement 11
4 Psychoanalytic Theory 14
5 Learning Theory and Behavioral Medicine 17
6 Psychoactive Substance Abuse 21
7 Sleep 26
8 The Genetics of Behavior 31
9 Behavioral Neurochemistry 34
10 Pharmacology of Behavior and Electroconvulsive Therapy 39
11 Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders 45
12 Mood Disorders 49
13 Cognitive Disorders 53
14 Other Psychiatric Disorders 56
15 Suicide 65
16 Tests to Determine Psychological and Biological Functioning 68
17 The Family, Culture, and Illness 74
18 Sexuality 78
19 Aggression and Abuse 85
20 The Physician - Patient Relationship 90
21 Health Care Delivery 98
22 Legal and Ethical Issues in Medical Practice 103
23 Epidemiology 108
24 Statistical Analyses 113
Index 117
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