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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (University of Arizona Health Sciences Center)
Description: Compiled by experts in their respective fields, this manual is meant to provide a succinct yet thorough review of much of the material an individual sitting for Part I of the ABPN Examination will need to master for a successful outcome.
Purpose: By condensing much of the information from other works by this publisher, this book attempts to provide a balance between "efficiency and comprehensiveness" for individuals reviewing the vast amounts of information accumulating in psychiatry.
Audience: While potentially useful for medical students or other health professionals, this manual is primarily intended for those who have completed advanced training in psychiatry and are interested in reviewing the current knowledge in various areas of the field.
Features: With a focus on topics from neuroanatomy and neuroimaging to genetics, and from disorders of infancy, childhood, and adolescence to women's mental health, each chapter ends with an extensive list of references and a few questions (between three and five) intended to assess the reader's understanding of the material. Answers to the questions are included in the last section, along with detailed explanations and additional references.
Assessment: Much of the other review material available is either too brief (outline form), or overly cumbersome, causing people to combine resources and create a system unique to their own style of learning. This book is both useful and efficient, and tends to cover a broad range of topics without overwhelming readers. While it would be nice to have a few more sample questions at the end of each chapter (say, 10), and there is no specific chapter on geriatric issues in psychiatry (besides dementia and delirium), overall this is a worthy addition to the field and will be a vital resource in preparing for the board examination.