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March 8, 2000

PsychiatryThe Harvard Guide to Psychiatry

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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edited by Armand M. Nicholi, Jr, 3rd ed, 856 pp, with illus, $75, ISBN 0-674-37570-X, Cambridge, Mass, Belknap Press/Harvard University Press, 1999.

JAMA. 2000;283(10):1353. doi:10.1001/jama.283.10.1353-JBK0308-2-1

Twenty four years ago when I began a residency in psychiatry, my training director recommended The Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry as "the only text suitable for psychiatric housestaff." It was already a two-volume tome, and in the ensuing years it has been joined by several other equally weighty treatises. However, none of these were suitable for medical students whose needs are better met by something shorter, pithier, and much less expensive. Not wishing to give up a potentially lucrative market (every US medical student takes a psychiatry clerkship but fewer than 5% enter the field for residency), the publishers of all three reference-style textbooks also publish abridged versions (Synopsis of . . . ) aimed at students.

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