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January 8, 1982

Personality Disorders: Diagnosis and Management (Revised for DSM III)

JAMA. 1982;247(2):237. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320270061030

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We now have a second edition of what may be considered the standard work on the subject of personality disorders, here rewritten to conform to the American Psychiatric Association's new and controversial Diagnostic and Treatment Manual (ed 3). Dr Lion has more than achieved his stated goal: to provide a text on the subject that is clinical in orientation but does not succumb to the superficial "pragmatism" of many such attempts. Unfortunately for some readers, he overshoots his mark, and this second edition strains toward encyclopedic coverage.

A majority of the new chapters are congruent with his aim in focus and depth. Personality disorders in adolescence and the elderly are covered by Marohn and Solomon, respectively. Harbin's chapter on family therapy is a gem. We also see the personality disorders in wider clinical contexts in the chapters examining personality disorders in military, conventional, private practice, and court settings. The problem