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Books, Journals, New Media
November 5, 2003


Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2003;290(17):2333. doi:10.1001/jama.290.17.2333-a

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.

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