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December 4, 1996

Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry

Author Affiliations

University of Illinois College of Medicine Chicago


by Michael Gelder, Dennis Gath, Richard Mayou, and Philip Cowen, 2nd ed, 944 pp, with illus, $115, ISBN 019-262500-4, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 1996.

JAMA. 1996;276(21):1762-1763. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540210068040

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This is a well-written textbook with a pragmatic orientation toward practice, chock-full of hard-to-find clinical tidbits. Because of its British roots, the tome is more international in coverage than US texts, such as the Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry/VI (Baltimore, Md: Williams & Wilkins; reviewed in JAMA, March 20, 1996). Accordingly, its pages contain many cross-cultural pearls. Comparisons with the International Statistical Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) are made throughout. Sometimes authors follow the ICD-10 criteria, other times DSMIVcriteria, depending on which they feel are more useful to the clinician; thus, the reader is afforded both classifications.

Each of the 22 chapters begins with a useful introduction explaining crucial concepts and principles of the various types of psychiatric disorders, helping the reader to organize the massive amount of data presented. Rather than appearing in a stand-alone chapter,