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December 14, 1994

Philosophical Perspectives on Psychiatric Diagnostic Classification

Author Affiliations

University of Illinois College of Medicine Community Mental Health Council Inc Chicago


edited by John Z. Sadler, Osborne P. Wiggins, and Michael A. Schwartz (The Johns Hopkins Series in Psychiatry and Neuroscience), 399 pp, $69.50, paper $24.95, ISBN 0-8-18-4770-2, Baltimore, Md, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994.

JAMA. 1994;272(22):1794-1796. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520220090039

DSM-IV Casebook: A Learning Companion to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, edited by Robert L. Spitzer, Miriam Gibbon, Andrew E. Skodol, Janet B. W. Williams, and Michael B. First, 4th ed, 576 pp, $40.50, ISBN 0-88048-674-0, Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Press Inc, 1994.

The Clinical Interview Using DSM-IV, vol 1: Fundamentals, by Ekkehard Othmer and Sieglinde C. Othmer, 513 pp, $40.50, ISBN 0-88048-541-8, Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Press Inc, 1994.

The editors of Philosophical Perspectives on Psychiatric Diagnostic Classification have achieved their goal of producing a text to be "an exploration of the conceptual foundations of psychiatric diagnosis and classification." The contributing authors reveal the tacit assumptions that shape the perspectives of nosology; reveal the scientific, administrative, and practical consequences of specific nosologies; clarify methodological approaches to psychiatric classification; and generate new ideas to stimulate research. With the chapters written by different authors from different viewpoints, the

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