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.
In the 14 years since I reviewed the sixth edition of this scholarly
reference, comparing it to a map of the psychiatric world, much has changed.
Paper maps have been supplanted by electronic ones, often with global positioning
system locators. It is refreshing, therefore, to report that this work has
not suffered a similar fate and remains as useful today as it was in prior
That is not to suggest that it is totally comprehensive and without
minor flaws. Neither EMDR (eye movement desensitization
and reprocessing) nor NLP (neurolinguistic programming)
are to be found among its entries. Internet is missing,
although significant references to information management abound, including
reference to Weed's problem-oriented medical record. Yet even the most casual
of browsing brings the reader to gems such as processomania ("mania for litigation") and two pages of phobias, including phronemophobia ("fear of thinking") and neophobia ("fear of innovation").
Alex N. Psychiatry. JAMA. 2004;291(24):3017. doi:10.1001/jama.291.24.3017-a