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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Adriana M. Cortes, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This concise book of clinical psychiatry can be used as a tool in the care of the adult psychiatric patient in outpatient or inpatient settings. The previous edition was published in 1998.
Purpose: The goals of the book are to clarify diagnostic categories and terminology, improve recognition of psychiatric problems, demystify the mental status examination, and detail the proper use of psychiatric medications. This book helps clinicians understand how to perform a complete psychiatric evaluation and how to interpret it. It also discusses the management of specific psychiatric diagnoses.
Audience: It is written for medical students, primary care residents, primary care physicians, mental health clinicians, and medical specialists, but it also can be useful for psychiatry residents and residents on call. The author, Richard J Goldberg, MD, is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University and the psychiatrist in chief of the Department of Psychiatry at Rhode Island Hospital.
Features: The book covers the diagnosis and treatment of major psychiatric disorders, offering guidelines on how to conduct a psychiatric interview. Each chapter includes concise and relevant tables as well as updated suggested readings. It is visually practical, highlighting titles and tables with color. This guide is useful for the treatment of adult psychiatric patients; only one chapter is dedicated to child and adolescent mental health.
Assessment: This is a useful tool for the clinical care of adult psychiatric patients. It can serve as a handbook in the clinical setting and residents or mental health workers on call can use this as a resource during their clinical duty hours. The book offers clear and concise clinically relevant tables. This update is important since psychiatry is a field that is constantly evolving.