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Books, Journals, New Media
April 21, 2004


Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(15):1905. doi:10.1001/jama.291.15.1905-a

When the first edition of Psychiatry was published in 1997, I posed the question, "Do we need another textbook of psychiatry?" My mostly enthusiastic affirmative conclusion was based on several features. The text had been organized around the classification of psychiatric disorders in the recently published Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Clinical Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV). The references were up-to-date, reflecting a very good turnaround time for a book of this complexity and magnitude. I admired the extraordinary breadth of the topics covered. Compared with other textbooks, Psychiatry had impressive tables and graphics that simplified and focused the reading endeavor for the student or professional reader.

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