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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This compact, yet completely up-to-date pocket handbook covers the entire range of psychiatric disorders and is an incontestable reference to the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness in children and adults. This third edition replaces the 1996 edition, and much like its predecessor, will become an invaluable tool and asset to the field of psychiatry.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an updated and revised edition to highlight the continuous changes within the field as well as to conform to the introduction of the DSM-IV-TR. The information is easily accessible for busy clinicians, and an affordable diagnostic and treatment reference for clinical rounds, Board review, medical education, and everyday clinical practice. The author's objectives are, as in their entire work, well-timed, indispensable, and without a doubt met by this latest edition.
Audience: Intended mainly for psychiatrists, psychiatric residents, and medical students, this book will readily serve the needs of primary care physicians and mental health professionals such as psychologists, nurses, and social workers as well. Both authors are well respected and distinguished within the field of psychiatry, and their credibility is without question.
Features: This book appropriately uses both black-and-white and color illustrations to highlight the various psychiatric disorders. The color illustrations provide a quick reference for physicians and also can help patients identify what medication they are taking. The index is thorough and each chapter is in-depth and lists, for example, key aspects of etiology, epidemiology, clinical features, and treatment including psychopharmacology. The authors provide an accessible format with convenient, appropriate, and indispensable information.
Assessment: As clinical psychiatry continues to advance, the need for a reliable quick reference guide is vital to the stream of change. This latest publication is without a doubt in sync with the pulse of change and will be an essential asset and contribution to the field of mental health. I recommend this book without reservation.