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A plethora of textbooks on general psychiatry have been published concomitant with and keyed to the publication of DSM-III-R, the recent revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (III) endorsed by the American Psychiatric Association as the official system of classification for mental disorders. The challenge to psychiatric educators is to evaluate the merits of each to discern its value relative to specific target audiences and to recommend texts that best serve their needs and interests. The New Harvard Guide to Psychiatry, a largely rewritten edition of the first guide published ten years ago, will be highly recommended by those who take the time to study its 800 or so pages as a text eminently useful to a large spectrum of practicing psychiatrists, trainees, and students of the discipline as well as interested specialists in other medical specialties.
The editor's objective was to produce an "up-to-date, well-integrated, and technically sound
Charles SC. The New Harvard Guide to Psychiatry. JAMA. 1988;260(17):2578–2579. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03410170126057