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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Aaron Plattner, MD (Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services)
Description: This book reviews the data about borderline personality disorder (BPD) and how that impacts the treatment.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide clinicians with evidence-based information about what BPD, how it is being treated, what treatments are successful and not successful, and the future of this disease.
Audience: Clinicians at any level who are caring for patients with BPD or will care for these patients are the intended audience.
Features: The book addresses all areas of BPD, defining what it is, discussing possible causes, exploring different aspects of treatment strategies, and suggesting future directions for research.
Assessment: As a PGY-2 resident, I found this book very helpful as I worked with BPD patients both in and out of the hospital. BPD can be a very intimidating disease as different clinicians diagnose and treat BPD very differently, leaving residents unsure of the correct way to address the disorder. This book provides a clear, evidence-based background and treatment strategies for BPD. The case studies are very helpful as they highlight main points. Readability would be improved by using a numbered note system for referencing research articles in the text and moving the citations to the end of the chapter or the end of the book, rather than using in-text parenthetical citations. In addition, the title is a bit misleading in that it infers that only the treatment of BPD is covered, but the disease is discussed in its entirety.