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From The CriticsReviewer: William Miles, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is the fifth edition of a thorough introduction and review of psychiatric medicine as viewed by European physicians. The fourth edition was published in 2001.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an introduction to all the clinical topics required by the trainee psychiatrist. These are certainly worthy objectives, and the authors meet, and even exceed them.
Audience: The book is specifically targeted to psychiatrists-in-training, especially those training in Europe or the United Kingdom. However, American trainees would find it valuable, and even practicing clinicians would find this book an excellent reference source.
Features: This book provides a simply exhaustive review of psychiatry. It begins by discussing the signs and symptoms of psychopathology, assessment of the psychiatrically ill patient, and how to approach this field using evidence-based medicine. It then moves on to discuss the various psychiatric syndromes (e.g., mood disorders, psychotic disorders) in great detail, using both DSM-IV and ICD-10 diagnostic criteria. An excellent chapter on psychopharmacology follows. The book is extremely well organized; a vast improvement over the last edition. At the end of each chapter is a short list of references for further reading, but a thorough reference list is found at the end of the book. An index is included as well. There are numerous tables, and a few black-and-white illustrations.
Assessment: I was not a big fan of the last edition of this book; I found it poorly organized and difficult to use. This new edition is a vast improvement. It is very well organized, thorough, and well written. The amount of material presented in this single volume is, indeed, impressive and rivals the The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry, 4th edition, by Hales and Yudofsky (American Psychiatric Publishing, 2003) in this regard. This book would be invaluable even for American psychiatrists-in-training, and could serve as an excellent reference source for practicing clinicians.