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This update of the standard synopsis by Kaplan and Sadock contains more than 1200 pages of text. The preface admirably elucidates the challenging predicaments faced by modern psychiatry and promises a balanced solution. Dr Jack Grebb is now the third author, although no biography is included. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) nosology is used throughout. The 52 chapters are mostly brief and to the point. The text is permeated with many excellent tables. There are bright "color reproductions" of drugs made less useful by the advent of generics. This volume challenges the psychiatrist to master being physician, therapist, and psychopharmacologist. The Grant Study, so eloquently carried out and presented by George Vaillant, is prominently interwoven. Milton Erickson is mentioned under "hypnosis" but not individual
Hodo DW. Kaplan and Sadock's Synopsis of Psychiatry: Behavioral Sciences Clinical Psychiatry. JAMA. 1996;275(11):883-884. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530350065041