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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Sahana Misra, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is an updated revision of a book that comprehensively covers all aspects of clinical psychiatry. The second edition was published in 1988.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide introductory information about general psychiatry. The authors assume that more comprehensive texts will be consulted for further details. This book is more thorough than the authors acknowledge and definitely meets their objectives.
Audience: This book is primarily targeted to psychiatry residents and medical students. It is secondarily targeted to practicing psychiatrists as a source of reference. Other clinicians may also find this text useful. The authors are all from the University of Oxford and are noteworthy authorities.
Features: Tables are appropriately incorporated into the text, enhancing its clear and concise nature. Several references are provided that are all current or pertinent, ICD-10 and DSM-IV criteria are compared and contrasted, and chapters on subspecialties such as forensics and child psychiatry are included.
Assessment: This text is an excellent introductory textbook for residents and a valuable reference for psychiatrists. Because the text is of English origin, information such as law practices in England and Wales is included, adding to the length of the text. Regardless, this text would be a useful addition to any health sciences library or bookstore. The new edition is necessary since it incorporates DSM-IV and ICD-10, both new since the second edition.