Description: Written by authors from three continents (Australia, Europe, and North America), this book attempts to address the issues and challenges associated with the concept of professionalism in medicine and, in particular, the specialty of psychiatry.
Purpose: With an increasing focus in healthcare on all aspects of professionalism, the editors hope this work will provide a springboard for an open discussion about redefining the core values of psychiatry as a profession.
Audience: The editors target this book at "medical and psychiatric professionals," as well as "lay readers and other professionals" who are interested in these issues.
Features: Composed of chapters written by authors from various locations and different educational, cultural, and clinical experience, this short work spans topics from the cultural perspectives of professionalism to models for educating medical students and residents about ethics and professionalism. Though overwhelmingly a text-heavy book (and remarkably small font), there are a few diagrams and tables to illustrate specific points. Each chapter ends with a comprehensive list of current references.
Assessment: There is an ever-growing body of literature on the subject of professionalism in the practice of psychiatry. The challenge has been defining the topic and determining the most effective approaches for faculty to teach, and trainees to retain, the concepts. The challenge is complicated by the numerous players and competing influences involved in healthcare system. This work begins to address these challenges, although other recent books (Professionalism in Psychiatry, Gabbard, et al. (American Psychiatric Publishing, 2012)), tackle similar issues. This book offers a framework for virtually all aspects of professionalism, but lacks some of the usual aspects often found in these types of works, namely case examples, making it quite dry. However, like the evolving focus on professionalism in medicine, it is a good start.