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February 12, 1982

Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry/III

JAMA. 1982;247(6):887-888. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320310113057

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Eclectic, comprehensive, multiauthored (more than 236 contributors, representing more than 73 academic and clinical centers), multidisciplinary (physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, social scientists, and others), in 57 chapters with multiple topic subdivisions, this tremendous and scholarly effort considers a majority of the psychic, biological, social, and human aspects that are the academic "territory" of modern psychiatry.

The reader who masters much of this will breeze past the national boards and, later, the American Board examinations. Furthermore, he will be thinking about employing DSM-III in his psychiatric work.

The editors of these volumes state that as "psychiatry is currently in a state of rapid development and change, commitment to any one approach would be unwise." However, in the preface to the second edition, we were admonished that "A veneration for change gives rise to galloping faddism in intellectual life," and that all "must be presented in a comprehensive psychiatric text, even at the