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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: William Miles, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This small book is a collection of short essays, cartoons, and humorous illustrations, compiled and edited by the author and illustrator of the Psychoillogical Bulletin and other humorous psychiatric textbooks.
Purpose: The author does not state a specific purpose, but it is implied that it is the author's intention to produce a humorous collection of short articles, cartoons, and caricatures about psychiatry. The worthiness of such an objective is quite subjective, but, as the old saying reminds us, laughter is the best medicine.
Audience: This book is obviously aimed at psychiatry residents and practicing clinicians. Anyone with even a slight knowledge of psychiatry might find the book a fun read.
Features: The book has no logical structure, it is simply a collection of short essays, "Top Ten Lists", and humorous illustrations poking fun at the field of psychiatry. Many of the pieces in the book were previously published in various editions of the Psychoillogical Bulletin. Almost every page is accompanied by an illustration. Some of the pieces are actually quite funny, others less so. Many of the pieces were written by other authors, and are acknowledged as such.
Assessment: The usual review format simply does not apply to a book such as this. However, this combination of author/illustrator is probably familiar to many in the psychiatric field. This is a harmless, and sometimes quite funny, diversion and makes for humorous, time-killing reading. Psychiatrists might enjoy leafing through it when needing a brief break during the day.