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Books, Journals, New Media
July 24/31, 2002

Psychiatry: The Difficult-to-Treat Psychiatric Patient

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2002;288(4):514. doi:10.1001/jama.288.4.514

The Difficult-to-Treat Psychiatric Patient should prove a useful text for clinicians in psychiatry and psychology and other behavioral specialists. The writing is concise, the information is accurate and recent, and it seems to have been edited in a very thoughtful, utilitarian manner. It is a book that I began using myself and recommending to colleagues before I finished reading it.

This is not a comprehensive text in any sense of the word, and I admit to a fair amount of initial skepticism probably due to a title that I find cumbersome. However, as I finished each chapter, I became convinced that this would be a useful resource. Fourteen chapters discuss the most common adult psychiatric disorders in their most challenging presentations. There is also a chapter on somatic therapies and a closing chapter of clinical wisdom.