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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Sheila Lahijani, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a collaborative effort by psychiatrists to present the relevant and challenging topics of psychosomatic medicine. The book delivers the information in an easy to use format and functions as an excellent guide for those who are charting the waters of consultation-liaison psychiatry.
Purpose: The purpose is to present and explain the commonly encountered areas of psychosomatic medicine.
Audience: Clinicians at all levels who are directly involved in consultation-liaison psychiatry are the intended audience, but the book also serves as a tool for those who are less well versed in psychosomatic medicine.
Features: Each chapter begins with at least one typical consult question that serves as the foundation for that chapter. Chapters are well written and organized, include useful tables and figures, and references for additional information. The book covers areas that commonly are associated with comorbid psychiatric diseases, such as hepatitis C, HIV, and metabolic diseases. It effectively presents these complicated issues to help readers get a better understanding without overwhelming them.
Assessment: This book accomplishes the goal of presenting and explaining noteworthy topics in caring for medically and psychiatrically ill patients. While its ideal audience is made up of those working on the forefront of psychosomatic medicine, this book would benefit clinicians in all specialties.