Description: This is the sixth edition of a book aimed at trainee psychiatrists.
Purpose: Throughout, the authors emphasize the basic clinical skills required for full assessment and understanding the psychiatric patient. It includes scientific evidence and practical problems in the management of patients in a family and social context.
Audience: Although intended primarily for trainee psychiatrists, this also is a valuable book for any mental health professional, in addition to medical students interested in the field.
Features: The book emphasizes an evidence-based approach to the practice of psychiatry and pays full attention to ethical and legal issues. Introductory chapters focus on recognition of signs and symptoms, classification and diagnosis, psychiatric assessment, and etiology (including chapters on ethics and civil law and evidence-based approaches to psychiatry). Other chapters deal with all the major psychiatric syndromes (such as mood disorders, schizophrenia, dementia, delirium, substance use disorders) as well as providing detailed coverage of widely used pharmacological and psychotherapeutic interventions. This book gives equal prominence to ICD and DSM classifications, making the book relevant to the practice of psychiatry throughout the world.
Assessment: This is a valuable addition to the psychiatric literature since its main focus is to emphasize evidence-based approaches. It can be used worldwide as it includes both DSM and ICD classifications often with direct comparisons.