Description: This book gathers in one place data on relevant clinical topics in preparation for licensure exams or for an update/review. The authors decided to do this because of the excessive amount of time they spent during their exam preparation attempting to gather all of the relevant and up-to-date information on mental health topics.
Purpose: The purpose is to gather relevant articles and sources on key topics in psychiatry. The book meets the objectives.
Audience: This book is directed at people preparing for membership or licensure exams and for clinicians desiring concise updates on important topics in psychiatry.
Features: The topics range from addiction through perinatal psychiatry to suicide/self harm. Each chapter is subdivided into ethical issues, general topics, legislation, psychopharmacology, therapies, and assessment tools/rating scales. There are a number of treatment algorithms for such topics as depression in children and generalized anxiety disorder. Unfortunately, the layout of the pages and the gray colored subheadings make it difficult to read and hard to separate different topics.
Assessment: The idea for this book is a good one and I admire the authors' attempt to put it together. However, I found it hard to use and I was unsure of what I would get in each chapter. It doesn't make for a fast reference as you must read through each topic to determine what sort of studies have been included, then determine whether or not any of these will be relevant for you. A great deal of the policy and legislation information is not relevant for an American audience and refers only to the U.K. Although there are some areas that are well done, overall, the book is unwieldy and not easy to use.