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From The CriticsReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: Written and edited by an educator, this new introductory textbook of psychiatry is a valuable contribution to the field.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the author, is to "describe an approach to psychiatry — its theory, its practice, and the relationship between the two." The author intends to provide a "scaffolding" so that readers will be able to link together diverse concepts offered by their teachers. The author has succeeded in this goal.
Audience: The intended audience includes medical students, psychiatry residents, practicing physicians, psychologists, and social workers.
Features: The book is divided into 20 chapters, including reference and index sections. The first several chapters cover psychiatric assessment, diagnostic, and formulation issues. The middle chapters cover neurobiology, delirium, dementia, and the specific psychiatric syndromes. The last several chapters review broader topics such as suicide, violence, psychotherapy, childhood disorders, and forensic psychiatry. The chapter on schizophrenia is comprehensive and up-to-date, but childhood disorders are only superficially covered and the information, unfortunately is not up-to-date, i.e., the genetics of Rett syndrome are not acknowledged. The index section is helpful.
Assessment: Except for this shortcoming, this is a good and solid introductory textbook of psychiatry. I would recommend it for a second year medical school psychopathology course and for medical students on a psychiatry clerkship.