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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (Assurance Health and Wellness)
Description: Consisting of 44 brief chapters, this book of questions and answers accompanies the voluminous main text with challenging, yet reasonable, multiple choice items to test readers' knowledge.
Purpose: Meant as a companion to the textbook, this book aims to highlight certain aspects of the material in an effort to provide sample questions one might find on board-style examinations for the practice of psychiatry.
Audience: Though potentially useful for medical students or others with a more advanced knowledge in the field, the primary focus is on psychiatric residents and psychiatrists who recently completed their training, as well as those practitioners who are interested in assessing their grasp of the monumental advances in mental health over the past 20 years.
Features: Mirroring the textbook, each chapter consists of selected questions from each major subsection of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: Text Revision, 4th edition (American Psychiatric Publishing, 2000). Chapters are reasonably referenced, and contain between five and 15 questions each. The last portion of the book repeats the questions and provides correct answers, with concise explanations of the right and wrong answers.
Assessment: I am impressed with the content and selection of questions. While not particularly easy, the questions seem fair and appear to address many of the pertinent points in the chapters. The answers are understandable, and despite their brevity, complete, allowing readers to further research the information with timely references. The biggest drawback to this guide is the fact that buyers do not receive continuing medical education (CME) credit unless the online version is purchased (at significant cost), making the print edition meaningless except for those interested only in self-assessment.