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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is the second edition of this excellent book covering the essentials of psychiatry for primary care providers. Edited and authored by internationally recognized clinician-researchers, this book is a valuable contribution to medicine.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a practical reference source specifically intended for the primary care provider in caring for their patients suffering from psychiatric conditions. The editors and authors have succeeded in producing an exceptionally useful book.
Audience: The intended audience is, according to the editors, practicing primary care clinicians. It would be useful for trainees in psychiatry residency programs on the consultation-liaison psychiatry rotation, and consultation-liaison fellows.
Features: The book contains 789 pages divided into nine sections containing 78 chapters, including an index. Topics covered include collaboration between primary care providers and psychiatrists, with interesting chapters on psychotherapy and informed consent. There are useful sections on diagnostic strategies, therapeutic strategies, specific conditions and situations such as the suicidal patient and the grieving patient. There are chapters covering antidepressant side effects, natural medicines, and end of life decisions. The final section covers physician-assistance strategies with chapters on enhancing compliance, breaking bad news, dealing with managed care, and coping with the rigors of medical practice.
Assessment: This is a valuable new guide for primary care providers on the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders in the patients they attend to. I highly recommend it.