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Quiz on Major Depressive Disorder
September 17, 2012
What are the advantages of adjunctive benzodiazepine therapy in comorbid depression and anxiety? Which therapy has the strongest evidence base for treating patients with late-life depression? These and more in this quiz.
Borderline Personality Disorder Quiz
July 9, 2012
Are patients with borderline personality disorder at a significantly increased risk for suicide when in the angry victim state? This question and more in this quiz.
Bedlam: London and Its Mad
Reviewed by Timothy J. Peters, MD, PhD
, January 13, 2011
As expected from an Oxbridge graduate, author Catharine Arnold’s Bedlam: London and Its Mad is a well-written and very readable book. “This book is for all whose lives are touched by madness” is a laudable objective.
Comprehensive Dictionary of Psychoanalysis
by Salman Akhtar, MD; London: Karnac Books, 2009 404 pages • $60 (hardcover)
, December 3, 2010
I believe this book will serve as an invaluable resource for all students of psychodynamic theory as well as their teachers—and I would venture to say that this magisterial text is destined to become a classic.
Clinical Manual of Sexual Disorders
by Richard Balon, MD and Robert Taylor Segraves, MD, PhD Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing; 2009 473 pages • $59 (softcover)
, December 2, 2010
This 3-part manual on sexual disorders is edited by 2 psychiatrists who have been engaged for more than 20 years in clinical treatment of patients with sexual problems.
Review of Darryl Cunningham's Psychiatric Tales
Ian Williams, MB BCh MA MRCGP DA
, November 16, 2010
In this autobiographic work, Darryl Cunningham explains mental illness in a succinct and novel way. It is already proving to be of use to both health professionals and mental health service clients. Published in the UK this year, its US release is scheduled for February 2011.
Prime Time: Maximizing the Therapeutic Experience—A Primer for Psychiatric Clinicians
Reviewed by H. Steven Moffic, MD
, October 28, 2010
The preface explains why Prime Time is so needed. It provides a refreshing, nonjudgmental summary of how and why we’ve arrived at the 20-minute hour. This is important for disgruntled clinicians from the “good old days” as well as for early-career clinicians who have not learned anything better.
Review – Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche
Reviewed by Hans Pols
, August 16, 2010
This book aims to demonstrate how, regrettably, over the last twenty years or so, typically American conceptions of mental illness have been exported successfully to the rest of the world. According to Watters, the often enthusiastic international reception of DSM-III and IV has homogenized human suffering all over the world.
Widespread Zombification in the 21st Century and the Wars of the Zombie Masters:
Reviewed by Lisa R. Fortuna, MD, MPH
, August 12, 2010
With this creative and engaging eBook, the author challenges young people to resist “zombification by the zombie masters”—or, becoming addicted (“zombified”) by the individuals and systems (“zombie masters”) that sell and deal drugs and benefit from the misfortune of others.
Handbook of Correctional Mental Health, Second Edition
Reviewed by KyleeAnn Stevens, MD
, August 12, 2010
With the transition of patients with mental illness from the beds of psychiatric institutions into the community the need for knowledgeable mental health professionals continues to grow. Correctional psychiatry has evolved in recent years and presents special challenges for clinicians, which this handbook deftly addresses. Contributing authors with various backgrounds provide a broad range of expertise.
The Perplexing History of ECT in Three Books
Max Fink, MD and Charles H. Kellner, MD
, August 12, 2010
Despite these divergent books, it is important to avoid characterizing ECT as controversial. The Shorter-Healy and Dukakis books should dampen the controversy, because they characterize ECT as a safe, effective, and important treatment that psychiatry almost forgot. With its emotion-laden accusations and name-calling, the Andre book will inflame opinions.
Screening for Depression in Clinical Practice: An Evidence-Based Guide
J. Alexander Bodkin, MD
, August 5, 2010
Screening for Depression in Clinical Practice, which reviews the current body of knowledge on mental health screening in the medical setting, is a reference text written primarily for the consultation-liaison specialist, but it will be of use to the general psychiatrist and the interested primary care physician or medical specialist.
The Rise and Fall of the Biopsychosocial Model
Reviewed by Hamid R. Tavakoli, MD
, July 7, 2010
Ultimately, Dr Ghaemi endorses a pluralistic approach and a “method-based psychiatry” in contrast to the eclecticism of the BPS. This method-based approach recognizes that one method may be more correct than others on the basis of empirical data and conceptual soundness (the “less is more” view), versus the BPS model, in which all methods can be equally correct (the “more is better” view).
The White Ribbon
Alan A. Stone, MD
, May 12, 2010
The White Ribbon is an instant classic of European cinema. Filmed in black and white and set in a rural village in northern Germany circa 1912, it may remind you of early Bergman, Buñuel, and other great European filmmakers of the black-and-white era, but it is an homage to none of them.
A Clinician’s Guide to Statistics and Epidemiology in Mental Health: Measuring Truth and Uncertainty
Reviewed by Stephen L. Dubovsky, MD
, April 7, 2010
Is A Clinician’s Guide to Statistics and Epidemiology in Mental Health what we have been waiting for? Yes and no. It contains solid descriptions of concepts such as the P value and confidence intervals, and it has extensive discussions of the history of modern statistical methods. Perhaps its greatest strength involves critiques of the interpretations of several studies that have mistakenly become cornerstones of clinical lore.
A Serious Man
Alan A. Stone
, February 3, 2010
Psychiatrists who are interested in faith and spirituality as healing parameters for the psyche will find little to admire in A Serious Man. Judging by this film, the Coens are Freudians in the agnostic tradition of The Future of an Illusion.
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