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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kenneth Mays, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book is an attempt to explain the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. Information is presented on diagnosis, cognitive characteristics, functional imaging, animal modeling, and antipsychotic treatment. This is also a review of the neuroscience mechanisms and genetic determinant analyses.
Purpose: The purpose is to help clinicians learn new treatments to offer, including medications and psychological and psychosocial interventions. The editor also hopes to offer clinicians a fuller understanding of schizophrenia. In short, this book represents an attempt to be all things to all psychiatrists.
Audience: The target audience is very limited to those who are truly interested in doing research into the causes and treatment options to be discovered for schizophrenia. Readers must be very up-to-date on intricate and technical details to understand much of the imaging and neuroscience. The editor is not able to explain simply these concepts in so few pages. If readers are interested in treatment options for schizophrenia, there are countless books which offer more detail and explanation into various options than this book.
Features: The content, as I have pointed out above, is geared toward those psychiatrists who are most interested in the research aspects of psychiatry. Very little content is geared toward treatment, and that which is geared toward treatment is quite lacking. There are far too few diagrams to aid readers with the many complex concepts presented.
Assessment: This book is a quite ambitious attempt to explain the pathophysiology of schizophrenia in a few pages. This is quite problematic, since this book is quite incomplete. I could not recommend it to most general practice psychiatrists.