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