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Book and Media Reviews
October 15, 2008

Metabolic Syndrome and Psychiatric Illness: Interactions, Pathophysiology, Assessment and Treatment

JAMA. 2008;300(15):1824-1825. doi:10.1001/jama.300.15.1824

In the opening chapter of Metabolic Syndrome and Psychiatric Illness, the author disarmingly states that his goal in writing the book was to provide “a psychiatrist's perspective on metabolic syndrome”—but readers should note that Scott Mendelson is not just any psychiatrist. With doctorates in both medicine and biophysics, postdoctoral research training at Rockefeller University's renowned Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology, and experience as director of Adult Psychiatry at Mercy Medical Center in Oregon, Mendelson brings a ringside perspective to his writing. Indeed, this book is a brilliant and scholarly synthesis of one of the hottest topics at the interface of medicine and psychiatry.