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From The CriticsReviewer: Michelle Field-Chez, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book discusses how to medically follow a psychiatric patient in terms of routine health maintenance and the medical problems that are specific to each psychiatric disorder.
Purpose: The authors' purpose is to provide practicing psychiatrists a ready source that will be useful to them when dealing with medical problems of their psychiatric patients. This is a worthy goal in this day and age when psychiatrists may be taking on a more primary care role for their psychiatric patients. It is becoming clearer that psychiatric patients may have more morbidity and mortality than other patients, thus psychiatrists must be more up-to-date on these medical issues. This book meets this purpose.
Audience: This book is for practicing psychiatrists. The authors appear to be credible and are all academics. Two are psychiatrists, one is a research neuroscientist and pharmacologist, one is a neuropsychiatrist, one an internal medicine physician, and one an emergency medicine physician.
Features: The first part of the book covers general healthcare maintenance for the psychiatric patient, including reproduction and routine medical evaluation. The second half of the book is organized by psychiatric disorders and the medical conditions that can be specific to that disorder.
Assessment: This is a wonderful book that every psychiatrist should have on their shelf. This book will help psychiatrists obtain the best medical care for their patients by helping them know what disorders to look for, what other doctors to consult, and what tests to order.