Academic journal article Hong Kong Journal of Psychiatry

Psychiatric Survival Guide the Washington Manual Survival Guide Series

Academic journal article Hong Kong Journal of Psychiatry

Psychiatric Survival Guide the Washington Manual Survival Guide Series

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Editor: Keith S Garcia; Series Editor: Tammy L Lin Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, USA, 2003 US$27.95; pp 201; ISBN: 0-7817-4367-2

For trainee doctors in their first few years of clinical practice, spocket-sized books are often good companions when facing unfamiliar situations. These pocket-sized books may also be helpful for experienced doctors to refresh their knowledge, when needed. This small volume is an additional choice for a pocket-sized reference book for psychiatric practice.

This book is divided into 4 parts. The first part aims at introducing the basic skills, techniques, and principles for a psychiatric consultation. The second and third parts concentrate on the management of common psychiatric disorders and difficult clinical situations (e.g., suicidal or violent patients). The fourth part is a combination of a reference for commonly used psychiatric medications and their side effects, short notes on electroconvulsive therapy, a series of commonly used psychiatric assessment tools, and an abbreviated Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV diagnostic criteria for the diagnoses discussed in the second part of the book.

This book differs from other pocket-sized references in several ways. In the second and third parts, it guides the reader facing a clinical scenario step-by-step through the possible differential diagnoses, important points in history taking, mental state and physical examination, investigations, and management. …

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