Psychiatry and Behavioral Science: An Introduction and Study Guide for Medical Students

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"Psychiatry and Behavioral Science is a well crafted, simply written, comprehensive review of evidenced-based psychiatric theory and practice. Edited by two leaders in psychiatric education—one of whom, David Baron, is an internationally acclaimed psychopharmacologist—it provides not only medical students but also all health professionals regardless of subspecialty or years of experience a comprehensive review of the state of the art of psychiatry. The charts and references to critical recent contributions to the literature provided throughout the volume coupled with multiple-choice review exams at the end of each chapter make it particularly useful for preparation for board and recertification examinations. I recommend it to all both within the medical profession as well outside of it to read and enjoy." Andrew E. Slaby, MD, PhD, MPH,, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, New York University and New York Medical College This uniquely formatted text that combines introductory psychiatry content with board-style review questions has been written as a useful guide for first- and second-year medical students and other mental health professional students. Psychiatry and Behavioral Science is intended to be used as an indispensible text for pre-clinical psychiatric education. The user-friendly split page format includes clinical vignettes, fast facts, and relevant art work. Each chapter contains board review questions that prepare the medical student for the USMLE and COMLEX examinations. By using a clinical approach consistent with the needs of today's medical and mental health profession students, the authors prepare these students for their exams and clinical rotations. The text is also designed to prepare international students for United States residency programs. Non-medical persons interested in learning more about the basics of psychiatry and behavioral and social factors affecting health will find this volume compelling.

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Reviewer: William Miles, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a review of psychiatry and related behavioral sciences for preclinical medical students.
Purpose: The purpose is to offer a user-friendly, goal-directed review of the behavioral sciences for first and second year medical students, and in particular to help them to prepare for USMLE Step 1. These are certainly worthy objectives, and the authors meet them.
Audience: It is specifically written for preclinical medical students.
Features: The book is divided into three sections of five chapters each. The first section reviews the human life cycle from childhood to old age; section 2 discusses the numerous challenges human beings face, such as coping with stress, interpersonal violence, substance abuse, etc; and section 3 deals with the role a physician plays in treating patients from a behavioral medicine standpoint. This section offers a concise yet thorough review of the major psychiatric disorders. Each chapter has a "menu" of objectives and a series of "starter questions" leading into the chapter. A series of board-style questions, complete with answers, ends each chapter. Numerous gray boxed tables of important terms are scattered throughout each chapter, as well as some black-and-white illustrations and other tables. Suggested readings end each chapter. Curiously, there is no index.
Assessment: This is a rather interesting review book, and is somewhat different (in a positive way) than others of its kind. It is a nice blend of behavioral science (psychology) and behavioral medicine (psychiatry). It contains a wealth of information, and medical students studying for USMLE Step 1 will find it very useful. It is quite user-friendly, marred only by its lack of an index.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592135318
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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