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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This excellent primer for psychiatry provides short, easy-to-follow chapters most young students and residents will find invaluable.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the most important and relevant psychiatric information in a concise and easily understandable format. The information is organized around the fundamental issues of psychiatry and builds upon these fundamentals to include the disorders students and residents are expected to master. The author's objectives are undoubtedly met.
Audience: Intended mainly for psychiatric residents and medical students, this book will undoubtedly serve the needs of mental health professionals such as psychologists, nurses, and psychiatric social workers. The authors are knowledgeable and insightful, and this book is a testament to their collaborative work.
Features: All of the major psychiatric disorders and related topics are appropriately described in an orderly, quick reference format for busy clinicians. Each chapter outlines each disorder with an introduction, clinical manifestations, causes, instructions on how to approach the patient, treatment, and follow-up, and referral. The hot keys identify and call attention to the important key characteristics of each disorder. The index is exceptionally practical and adds to the ease of use. The authors provide a book that is welcoming to young clinicians.
Assessment: This exceedingly handy reference tool will provide medical students and psychiatric residents with quick evaluative techniques and guidelines for inpatient and outpatient psychiatry. It is affordably priced and highly recommended for young clinicians as a reference and primer for psychiatry.