Dozens of general psychiatry textbooks are currently in print. Some are fairly old, others up to date. Several are comprehensive, massive tomes that cover everything from basic neuroscience to the history of psychiatry. Others focus more narrowly on psychiatric disorders and their treatment. But those most widely read are edited by 2 or more gurus who assemble large groups of experts—typically well more than 100—to write the chapters. One text, Kaplan and Sadock's Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry, along with its many derivatives—brief versions, ultrabrief versions, pocket versions, and study guides—has become the standard textbook for psychiatry. For several decades, medical students, students in other health professions, residents, and clinicians have turned to it for authoritative, current information.
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