Description: This book presents the field of psychiatry in a concise, thorough, review format. Each area is described in general as well as in specific terms.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a review for students and residents to rely on for clerkships, electives, and testing, with attention to time-efficient learning. This is certainly a worthy objective and the book easily meets it.
Audience: The book is written for the student of psychiatry as well as nonpsychiatry residents. The book is written from a medical student's perspective and was completed throughout psychiatric rotations and testing.
Features: The book is broken down into specific disorders, medications, the mental status exam, and the overall approach to the patient in basics, essential features, and depth and detail. The range of basics to depth is helpful in organizing information and allows the reader to quickly review topics based on their level of understanding. Important aspects of the book are the diagnostic tables which may help to bridge the student to more advanced concepts.
Assessment: This book can be very helpful to the student or nonpsychiatry resident who needs rapid review and understanding of a complicated field. It does a good job in meeting the objective of maximizing efficiency of study time without missing key elements. The organization of information may be a differentiating factor when comparing to other review books. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to the intended audience.