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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, DO, MA (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is an easy to read, concise, and up-to-date new book on the practical and everyday issues in the care of patients suffering from schizophrenia. Written and edited by clinician-researchers in the area of schizophrenia, this book is an excellent contribution to the care of patients suffering from this devastating disorder and their families.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the authors, is to "...convey information about schizophrenia to those who are either required to work with patients having this disorder or are interested in doing so." The authors wanted to produce a book with the characteristics of brevity, readability, immediate utility, essential material, fun, and case-driven. The authors have succeeded on all counts.
Audience: The intended audience includes "physicians, medical students, nurses, social workers, and other students."
Features: The book features 21 short chapters and includes four appendixes and an index. All the important aspects of the everyday care of the patient with schizophrenia are covered, such as assessment, talking to patients, prognosis, phase-specific treatment, symptom management, compliance, violence and suicidality, the history of the illness, risk factors, essential neurobiology, and future prospects. The appendixes include a glossary, list of medications, a bibliography, and a list of helpful resources. Lastly, there is a useful index.
Assessment: This is an extremely user friendly new book on the practical aspects of the care of patients with schizophrenia. I highly recommend it.