Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
Kaplan and Sadock's Synopsis of Psychiatry is
"the complementary volume" to the larger, two-volume Kaplan
and Sadock's Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry. The publication
of these books over 30 years has chronicled the incredible evolution of psychiatry.
The Synopsis authors' stated goal is "to foster professional
competence and ensure the highest quality of care." They are awesomely successful.
This Synopsis is a marked improvement over
the eighth edition. As a textbook, it flows in such a fluid and cogent fashion
as to make one smile. There is maintained throughout a balance of marked clarity
and effective compartmentalization. The 60 chapters and their organization
divide the monumental material into malleable categories. Personal opinion
is kept to a minimum and, when used, identified as such. The graphs and illustrations
are uniformly good, and the color photography is of exceptional quality.
David W. Hodo. PsychiatryPsychiatry. JAMA. 2003;290(17):2333. doi:10.1001/jama.290.17.2333-a