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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Easton, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is an update on the state of the art, science, and practice of addictions medicine.
Purpose: The goal is to provide practitioners with the most authoritative and comprehensive resource on addictive disorders.
Audience: The audience includes any clinicians interested in or treating individuals with substance abuse/dependence disorders — medical students, psychiatric residents, residents in other specialties, addiction fellows, physicians, nurses, social workers, counselors, and other health and mental health care practitioners.
Features: This fifth edition adds many new authors who are experts in their areas, as well as new topics. The 12 sections start with a discussion of foundations and determinations of abuse and dependence before exploring tools for assessing these disorders. The book also covers a wide variety of individual substances as well as other compulsive or addictive behaviors. A large portion of the book is devoted to treatment approaches, management of medical conditions, models of prevention, and special populations. The important issue of education and policy here and in other countries concludes the book. The print edition is accompanied by an access code for an online version.
Assessment: This is a comprehensive, detailed, and thorough reference. It covers a wide range of topics, but is geared primarily to clinical aspects of these disorders. Each section is comprehensive and provides extensive references for those who more detailed information.