June 4, 1997


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New York Hospital Cornell University Medical College New York, NY


vols 1 & 2, edited by Allan Tasman, Jerald Kay, and Jeffrey A. Lieberman, 1900 pp, with illus, $225, ISBN 0-7216-5255-7, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 1997.

JAMA. 1997;277(21):1733. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540450089044

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Psychiatry: Self Assessment and Review, by David H. Taylor and Allan Tasman, 267 pp, paper, $30, ISBN 0-7216-5242-5, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 1996.

Do we need another textbook of psychiatry? Certainly this is an important question for the editors and publishers of new texts. At about 20 cents per page, these volumes represent a hefty investment for the clinician consumer. Having perused and sampled numerous sections of the new Tasman, Kay, and Lieberman effort, my answer is mostly an enthusiastic affirmative.

New textbooks have the obvious advantage of being more current than their aging competitors. The editors of Psychiatry worked quickly to capitalize on the DSM-IV classification, published in 1994, which became an important organizing schema for the volume. Indeed, the references are up-to-date through articles published and in press in 1995, which is a very good turnaround time for a book of this complexity and magnitude. Psychiatry