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This book presents simulated patient cases in psychiatry and behavioral science, providing a real-world context for students and graduates in these areas. Topics are introduced through detailed case vignettes using a model of problem-based learning called progressive disclosure. Sample diagrams known as mechanistic case diagrams illustrate the neurobiological mechanisms underlying behavioral symptoms and show how behavioral and psychosocial factors impact on patient care.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: William Miles, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book discusses problem-based learning (PBL) methods and how to apply them when learning behavioral science and psychiatry.
Purpose: According to the editors, the purpose is to offer a problem-based learning approach for students studying psychiatry and the behavioral sciences. As PBL is becoming more common in many medical schools, this is certainly a worthy objective, and the authors/editors meet it.
Audience: The editors state that this book is written for medical students and other students studying psychiatry and behavioral science. I would include anyone interested in PBL methods, as they may find it interesting as a way to learn about this technique.
Features: The book begins with a chapter on how to use the book and a review of PBL methods. The remainder is composed of numerous chapters outlining an area of interest in behavioral science, such as childhood development, the doctor-patient relationship, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and so on. Each chapter contains clinical vignettes that readers are to approach using the PBL techniques outlined in the first few chapters. Conclusions and learning issues are then presented about the vignettes, followed by review questions. Each chapter has an extensive bibliography. There are no illustrations, but numerous tables are scattered throughout. A comprehensive index ends the book.
Assessment: For students already familiar with PBL methods, or for those who wish to learn about this teaching approach, this is a good book. The rationale behind PBL is explained well, and it is quite interesting to read how this method is used in approaching psychiatric disorders. Although PBL remains somewhat controversial, students who find they learn better from this technique may want to give this book a try. I will find some of the vignettes helpful in using PBL for my own medical students.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441926531
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 10/29/2010
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 462
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Guerrero is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Vice-Chair for Education and Training in the Department of Psychiatry, Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry, and Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. He has published in the areas of medical student education and problem-based learning, Asian and Pacific Islander mental health, and the interface between primary care and psychiatry.

Dr. Piasecki is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Vice Chair for Education at University of Nevada School of Medicine where she works extensively with medical students and residents. She has published on the Physician-Patient relationship and a number of clinical topics.

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Table of Contents

How to Use This Book.- Human Behavior.- Childhood Development.- Effects of Experience on Brain Development.- Learning Principles of Human Behavior.- Sexuality Throughout the Life Cycle.- Adaptation and Coping in a Medical Setting.- Violence and Abuse.- Healthcare Principles.- The Physician–Patient Relationship.- Ethics and Professionalism.- Adherence in Medicine.- Stress and Health.- Health Care 101.- Stigma and Medicine.- Culture, Ethnicity, and Medicine.- Quantitative Measures in Healthcare.- Death, Dying, and End-of-Life Care.- Behavioral Neuroscience and Clinical Psychiatry.- Basic Principles of Evaluation: Interviewing, Mental Status Examination, Differential Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning.- Disorders of Childhood.- Substance Use Disorders.- Psychotic Disorders.- Mood Disorders and Suicide.- Anxiety Disorders.- Somatoform Disorders.- Personality Disorders.- Cognitive Disorders.- Sleep Disorders.- Eating Disorders.- Sexual Disorders.- Other Disorders.

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