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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (University of Arizona Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is a review of information for virtually every aspect of the psychiatry portion of the examination for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). It also includes two separate 200-question examinations, complete with answers and explanations for improved comprehension.
Purpose: Though offered as a tool for those studying for the APPN examination, this review also can be used by individuals assessing their knowledge base or professionals reviewing the latest information in the field.
Audience: As the title suggests, the book is directed at individuals who are pursuing board certification in psychiatry. However, it is also invaluable for those testing for recertification, or wishing to assess their knowledge of the field.
Features: Broken down into the same organizational structure of the actual ABPN examination, the book is divided into four major sections on basic clinical science, psychiatric disorders, treatments and special topics, and exams and answer guides. Chapters contain diagrams, tables, figures, and charts, and each is extensively referenced and researched. In addition, chapters end with a key points section highlighting five to 10 areas of importance.
Assessment: Though each board examination review book has its advantages and disadvantages, this guide has forsaken brevity for inclusiveness, not necessarily a drawback unless the user is planning to carry the book around. The authors are leaders in their fields and present the information in a clear and logical manner. The figures and charts break up the voluminous text, making it more digestible and less daunting, and the practice examinations, while challenging, are a fair estimate of the degree of difficulty one might encounter with board-style questions. The added benefits in this review are the referenced, concise answers to the questions, allowing individuals to further research unmastered material.