Reviewer: Daniel Loiterstein, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: Recent advances have produced an exponential increase in the knowledge and understanding of psychiatry and the neurosciences. This handbook captures this and presents a new resource for current and emerging themes in psychiatry.
Purpose: The authors review the recent advances in psychiatry. The objectives are commendable, as the breadth and scope of knowledge in the field has significantly expanded.
Audience: The authors' stated audience includes academicians, researchers, practitioners, students, residents, and trainees in psychiatry, the clinical neurosciences, and other mental health professions. Each of these groups would find relevant and important information commensurate with their level of training. The authors are credible academics who actively participate in research and clinical care. The editors are noted leaders in psychiatry and the neurosciences.
Features: Many cutting edge ideas and techniques are covered in great detail in this fairly comprehensive review. Examples include transcranial magnetic stimulation and extensive chapters on neuroimaging. A major section is devoted to new developments in pharmacotherapy. The major categories of psychiatric diagnosis are covered in detail, as is substance abuse. Missing from the text are topics such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and the pharmacotherapy of stimulants. The editors excel at joining basic and clinical science together and choosing wide-ranging topics.
Assessment: The word "handbook" in the title is a misnomer. This is an extensive review of recent advances in biological psychiatry. Although some important topics are missing, the authors do a better than average job of compiling a significant amount of information in one book.