August 16, 1985

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Modern Approaches

Author Affiliations

Brown University Providence, RI


edited by Michael Rutter and Lionel Hersov, ed 2; 960 pp, $79.95, Oxford, England, Blackwell Scientific Publications; St Louis, Blackwell Mosby Book Distributors, 1985.

JAMA. 1985;254(7):967. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360070113038

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Nine years after the publication of the first edition of Child Psychiatry: Modern Approaches, Rutter and Hersov have published a greatly expanded and totally revised second edition. Even the title reflects its broadened scope.

As was true for the first edition, the second edition will be the resource text for the field. Each chapter has been updated and revised. Sections have been expanded and reflect major changes in the field. The breadth of authors now reflects a broader representation of international contributors. And, finally, the subject matter covers the major principles and theories of child development, the contributions of developmental psychopathology research, the clinical syndromes extending from infancy through adolescence, and multimodal treatment approaches. Clearly, this is an international and interdisciplinary labor of love.

Although at first glance the number of pages in the first and second editions seems comparable, the second edition is characterized by larger pages, smaller print,