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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Eileen Trigoboff, RN, CS, DNS (Buffalo Psychiatric Center)
Description: This is a very detailed and carefully explained book on the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders. This complex subject is presented in digestible portions in this new text.
Purpose: The purpose is to explain neuroanatomical functions and concepts to healthcare professionals. These are important objectives that help promote scientifically based, humane care of psychiatric patients. It explores issues of volition that can interfere with caregiver energy and also relates to countertransference.
Audience: The targeted audience includes healthcare professionals, although students and residents would benefit as well from these perspectives. All authors are credible with biographies enumerating their connection with the book's topic.
Features: The book is very nicely illustrated and well presented. A good number of color plates add a great deal to the understanding of the subject. References are reasonably current. The brief and full table of contents is a nice feature for quick access. The book has a nice appearance with boxes, tables, and lists highlighting the text sufficiently. The color photos of brains with various disorders are very interesting.
Assessment: This is a good quality book that offers a careful explanation for each of the major psychiatric disorders from a psychobiology perspective. It is a very useful resource for all specialties in health care, and it has significant value in the field of psychiatric patient care.