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From The CriticsReviewer: Joseph Beck, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This large, spiral-bound manual for the psychiatric care of the medically ill allows easy access to its chapters, appendixes, and tables.
Purpose: The authors state that they wished to publish a clear and succinct manual for dealing with comorbid illness. There is a need for this, according to the authors, because the speed with which modern-day healthcare care delivery must be carried out. These are worthy objectives and the authors have attempted to accomplish this to the best of their ability. However, most of these difficult patients will not leave the hospital in an expedient fashion despite these efforts.
Audience: The book is written for psychiatric residents and practitioners. The book would be uniquely suited for consultation/liaison fellows and psychiatrists and those who are dual trained in medicine and psychiatry. Inpatient hospitalists and psychiatrists would also benefit and sections of this book should be required reading for any participant in a combined med/psych unit capacity.
Features: The book is divided into sections based on specific comorbid diagnoses. Each chapter starts with patient examples. The manual is clear, succinct, and very readable. It will mostly be referred to on a chapter basis and not read as a whole. It contains a plethora of appendixes (such as important drug interactions) and worksheets that will enable physicians to communicate in a superior fashion with both colleagues and staff. It is heavy on inpatient difficulties, and could use more information about medical disease symptom recognition in the psychiatric outpatient.
Assessment: This is an extremely useful book, especially for inpatient consultation. I will definitely use it as a resource.