Description: This textbook reviews the diagnosis, etiology, and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Purpose: The purpose is to bring together diverse approaches and developments in assessing where the understanding of OCD is today and where it needs to go in the future. Insofar as the book is a comprehensive literature review of nearly all recent publications on OCD, it appears to meet its objectives. It comes at an optimal time in the history of this once-untreatable illness; new, highly effective treatments have revolutionized the approach to clinical management.
Audience: The book, authoritatively researched and edited, appears to be written for the OCD researcher or clinician specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of OCD. General mental health practitioners or students merely interested in a general overview of this illness may find the chapters overinclusive and beyond the level of their needs.
Features: The book consists almost exclusively of text, although a few tables can be found summarizing the literature findings. Unfortunately, no illustrations or brain scans are included, despite chapters on neuropathology and neurochemistry. The references are excessively numerous, often making it the task of the reader to determine their importance. The book is small in appearance, and the cover is designed in a plain, uninspired manner, hardly an inviting welcome to look inside.
Assessment: This is one of the most comprehensive literature reviews ever published on the diagnosis and treatment of OCD and would serve the OCD specialist or researcher quite well. Apart from this rather limited audience, however, the book may be too detailed to be of significant clinical assistance to the average practitioner, who may benefit more from a hands-on treatment review found in any one of the notable general psychiatric textbooks that cost nearly the same amount.