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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, DO, MA (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This exceptional book cover reviews the current concepts of an ancient disorder known as hypochondriasis. Written and edited by internationally recognized researchers in the field, the book is a valuable contribution to the field.
Purpose: The purpose is to present a collection of chapters of the most recent research as well as to provide an integrative overview of hypochondriasis as a mental disorder with divers manifestations.
Audience: The intended audience is clinicians and researchers in psychiatry, psychology and primary care. Trainees should also be familiar with this material.
Features: This book features 402 pages divided into three sections and 15 chapters. The first section reviews clinical and diagnostic considerations with chapters on the history, clinical features, assessment, personality disturbances, epidemiology, and hypochondriasis in primary care. The second section covers theoretical and etiologic aspects with chapters on the psychodynamics of hypochondriasis cognitive-behavioral approach, somatosensory amplification, and abnormal illness behavior. The final section covers treatment issues with chapters on the patient-physician relationship, reassurance in the treatment, cognitive-behavioral treatment, and pharmacologic strategies. An added benefit is the appendixes with various scales used in patient assessment. Each chapter is well referenced and there is a useful index at the end of the book.
Assessment: This is an excellent and informative book on hypochondriasis. Any clinician or researcher in this field would benefit from reading it.