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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: William Miles, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This softcover book is a companion and study guide to The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry.
Purpose: It is clear that this book is to be used as a study guide and self-assessment tool for readers of the full textbook. These are worthy objectives, and the authors meet them.
Audience: This book is targeted to readers of the textbook, most likely senior residents in psychiatry and clinicians who may be studying for psychiatry boards. The authors are credible authorities (indeed, probably the highest authority) on this subject.
Features: This book is composed of over 250 questions, divided into 40 individual quizzes, which correspond to the chapters in the textbook. The answers include a discussion about not only the correct answers but also why the other answers were incorrect. A particularly nice feature in the answer guide is that the relevant text in the main book is cited by page number. A few references are provided at the end of some chapters, but readers can go to the parent textbook for a complete reference.
Assessment: In my opinion, The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry is the best reference source in all of psychiatry, and this companion and study guide is a welcome addition. Clinicians studying for written boards, or those who simply need to review current concepts in psychiatry, would find this study guide a valuable companion to the parent text.