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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David A. Garfield, M.D.(Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science)
Description: This is the fourth edition of a classic staple of psychiatric education in psychodynamic psychiatry. Its unique contribution is to meld pertinent neuroscience findings with psychoanalytic knowledge and to bring it to bear on the clinical setting.
Purpose: The purpose of this new edition is to more fully incorporate the findings of biological psychiatry into theories about the human mind and to illustrate how the interaction between genes and the environment are confirming and shaping psychoanalytic views of development. These are the most pertinent questions that face the field of psychiatry today and the author adeptly and cogently meets these important objectives.
Audience: This book is primarily written for psychiatrists and psychiatric students. It is however, of tremendous value for psychoanalysts, psychologists, social workers and other psychotherapists. The author, Glen Gabbard, MD, is the Brown Foundation Chair of Psychoanalysis and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Gabbard has become the leading spokesman for the clinical and theoretical integration of psychoanalysis in modern psychiatry.
Features: The book is divided into three sections: Basic Principles and Treatment Approaches in Dynamic Psychiatry; Dynamic Approaches to Axis I Disorders; and Dynamic Approaches to Axis II Disorders. The fourth edition significantly revamps each chapter. New empirical findings have been added and less relevant material has been pruned. The author's easy to understand explanation of how the environment impacts on gene expression is brilliant and innovative. It brings a new feel and in-depth understanding to how nature and nurture are mutually influencing. New graphics in this edition include brain scans and diagrams that are crisp and helpful.
Assessment: The fourth edition is worth owning and represents a real difference from previous editions. Dr. Gabbard is one of the few people in psychoanalysis today who can selectively present essential material that brings psychoanalytic ideas into the twenty-first century. Findings from animal studies bring focus to the importance of attachment in psychotherapy and fMRI studies on empathy reveal clinically relevant distinctions and similarities between physical and emotional pain. These are but a few of the "not to be missed" pearls of integration that the author delivers.