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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Bradley R. Cutler, MD (Edward Hospital and Health Services)
Description: This examination of the evolution of DSM-5 is edited by leaders in psychiatry with contributions from nearly 70 influential scholars of mental health.
Purpose: The purpose is to highlight proceedings from the 2009 American Psychopathological Association's Annual Meeting describing the conceptual evolution of the DSM-5, which is to be published in May 2013.
Audience: Targeted specifically at those practicing or studying psychiatry, psychology, nursing, or social work, this book will be extraordinarily useful to those interested in the future of mental health.
Features: The 15 chapters are grouped into five main parts. Part 1 focuses on diagnostic spectra and discusses both reliability and validity. Part 2 highlights the integration of dimensional concepts into a categorical system and discusses key dimensional measures. Part 3 emphasizes the assessment of functional impairment and discusses assessment and measurement of disability. Part 4 illustrates important culture- and gender-related expression of disorders and discusses this expression throughout the world. Part 5 deals with disorders across the lifespan and discusses these disorders from childhood through later life.
Assessment: Since the publication of the DSM-IV-TR in 2000, significant progress has occurred in both psychiatric research and clinical practice. The DSM-IV-TR, however, has remained unchanged. With the beginning of a new decade, the time has come to combine years of scientific and clinical advances into a dynamic book of psychiatric diagnosis and nosology. This book brilliantly explains the manner in which this evolution will take place. In the current diagnostic system, for example, validity gives way to reliability and dimensional measures are rarely employed. This book provides well-thought-out solutions for combining reliability and validity as well as using dimensional measures in diagnosis. Important questions are being postulated. How can genetics be used in diagnosis? What is the clinical utility of age, culture, and gender? The answers are carefully considered. It should not go unnoticed that altering the classification of psychiatric diagnoses may alter as well the disorders which "belong" to psychiatry. And only a careful examination of mental illness in combination with other illnesses will produce a book that is respected by psychiatrists and nonpsychiatrists alike. This book superbly contributes to this task.