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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Rajitha Avva, BS, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book, a description of the DSM-IV-TR, uses clinical vignettes to help the reader obtain a better understanding of the diagnostic criteria in each disorder.
Purpose: The purpose is to serve as a guide to making a differential diagnosis to each group of disorders and it also serves as a synopsis of the diagnostic criteria for the diagnoses in DSM-IV-TR. The author also sets out to help clinicians increase diagnostic fit. The author does meet these objectives.
Audience: The book is written for anyone that uses the DSM-IV-TR. It is written for students, residents, psychologists, and psychiatrists according to the author. All levels of training and practicing clinicians can use this book. The author is a clinical associate professor of psychiatry and a credible authority in the book's subject matter.
Features: The author discusses diagnostic problems in psychiatry. The rest of the book follows along with the DSM-IV-TR, and provides multiple clinical vignettes to help the reader gain a better understanding of the diagnostic criteria of each disorder. The author discusses the vignettes, presents key diagnostic points, and provides self-assessment questions and answers for the reader.
Assessment: This is an extremely useful book that should be studied and referenced when using the DSM-IV-TR. The vignettes provided by the author are necessary in gaining an increased understanding of the diagnostic criteria used in clinical practice.