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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Christine J. Choe, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: As the title suggests, this is a study guide composed entirely of questions and answers based on Dulcan's Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (American Psychiatric Publishing, 2010)
Purpose: It is intended as a self-evaluation tool to help clarify the material in the textbook. The focus was on selecting questions that would cover the major points of each chapter and be "of most relevance to psychiatrists who see patients in a variety of clinical practice settings." Thus, the study guide attempts to preserve the clinical focus of the textbook.
Audience: This book is intended, of course, for readers of the textbook. It would be useful for anyone who wants to test their understanding of the book and for those studying for certification or maintenance-of-certification examinations in child and adolescent psychiatry.
Features: All 65 chapters of the textbook are covered, with approximately five multiple-choice questions for each chapter and a total of 332 questions. Questions are posed in the first part of the book, while the second part reiterates the questions with lengthy explanations for the correct and incorrect answers. The questions and answers are well written and generally succeed in covering the major points in each chapter. The level of difficulty appears appropriate or perhaps slightly too basic for preparation for the board exam. The book would be a more valuable study tool if it simply contained more questions, especially on core topics that might require more depth of knowledge for the board exam and for clinical practice in general (for example, more questions on chapters covering core disorders than those covering some of the special topics).
Assessment: This study guide does a solid job of providing well-written questions and answers that cover the major points in the textbook. The comprehensive nature of the answers is especially useful in fostering understanding. It would certainly be useful in studying for the child and adolescent board exams, although it is not designed specifically for this purpose and probably does not provide enough questions or practice exams as the board review books do.