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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: William Miles, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This review book, one of many in the At a Glance series, offers a summary and review of psychiatry for medical students. The previous edition was published in 2005.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a short summary of core psychiatric knowledge and skills for medical students. Although there are many similar review books, these remain worthy objectives, and the authors meet them.
Audience: The purpose is to provide a short summary of core psychiatric knowledge and skills for medical students. Although there are many similar review books, these remain worthy objectives, and the authors meet them.
Features: Each of the 43 chapters reviews a topic in psychiatry. At the beginning of each chapter a color table summarizes and reviews such things as terminology, epidemiology, management, and so on. The chapter offers a concise yet thorough review of the topic. At the end of the book is a chapter of sample OSCE stations, a chapter of review questions (with answers), and a chapter of case studies and questions (with answers). A comprehensive section of further reading and a glossary then follow. A thorough index is ends the book. There are no illustrations, and no tables other than the one at the beginning of each chapter.
Assessment: This review book is aimed predominantly at European medical students. Because of this, ICD-10 diagnoses and codes are used, although DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria are included for the more common disorders. This is, overall, a very good and concise review book, but because it is written for European students, American medical students might find some of the terminology confusing. There are many psychiatry review books available, and American students would probably be better served by one aimed at them.