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June 17, 1983

Major Psychiatric Disorders: Overviews and Selected Readings

Author Affiliations

Yale University New Haven, Conn

JAMA. 1983;249(23):3251. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330470071038

Teachers of psychopathology will welcome this text, a collection of classic articles on psychiatric and psychosomatic disorders compiled and edited by Frederick G. Guggenheim and Carol Nadelson. These two experienced teachers have combed through their files and brought together the clearest, most comprehensive, and comprehensible articles they could find on schizophrenia, mania and depression, anxiety disorders, somatoform disorders, personality disorders, and organic brain syndromes. Each of these topics is given a section of the book, is introduced with a well-written preface outlining the relevant section of DSM-III, and gives a clear rationale for why each article was selected. The book's expected audience includes psychiatric residents, primary care physicians, and medical students. It is particularly suited to serve as a core syllabus for a six-week clerkship in psychiatry.

Given that the book ranges in time from Lindeman's "Symptomatology and Management of Acute Grief" (1944) to Bear and Arana's "Neurological Syndromes Affecting