- Hardcover: 1102 pages
- Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing; 1 edition (29 October 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1585623237
- ISBN-13: 978-1585623235
- Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 6.4 x 27.9 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,39,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dulcan's Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Hardcover – 29 Oct 2009
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One is struck by the scope and depth of the text, which leave the reader feeling empowered and inspired by how far the field has come in establishing a solid, scientifically rigorous reservoir of knowledge to guide one's practice...The writing style is very concise and crisp, facilitating efficient consumption of the materials. The information compiled is balanced, offering multiple points of view within each category as appropriate, including contradicting perspectives along with evidence in their support... I found Dulcan's textbook of child and adolescent psychiatry to be the best of its kind. It provides an authoritative, concise review of the most current literature in a manner that is balanced and intelligible. The material was organized in a readily digestible manner, with well-written narratives, bulleted summaries, and easy-to-read tables. This text would serve well as a definitive and comprehensive reference and guide to any provider assessing and treating youths with mental illness in any setting. Mary N. Cook, M.D., The American Journal of Psychiatry
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Dulcan's Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry offers a fresh look at the field of child mental health. It is useful to trainees and practitioners in a variety of specialties, providing the most up-to-date and comprehensive text in child and adolescent psychiatry as presented by more than 110 contributors who distill their knowledge and expertise into a single authoritative volume.
Chapters on evaluation are developmentally focused, with a separate chapter for each age range. Eighteen chapters focus on specific disorders, while "special topics" include new chapters on bereavement and traumatic grief; ethnic, cultural, and religious issues; aggression and violence; children of ill parents; legal/ethical issues; and telepsychiatry. The text's wide-ranging emphasis on treatment -- expanded from seven to eighteen chapters -- includes psychopharmacology, brain-based innovative treatments, and a range of psychosocial approaches that focus on individual, family, therapeutic milieu, and systemic models of care. A new section on consultation provides guidance on interactions with schools, primary care practitioners, and the juvenile justice system.
Both scholarly and practical, Dulcan's Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is a core resource for child and adolescent psychiatry training and will also serve as a reference for practitioners in psychiatry, pediatrics, neurology, psychology, nursing, and social work.See all Product description
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So as a proud owner of Lewis' Child and Adolescent Psychiatry textbook, The classic textbook Rutter's child
and adolescent psychiatry, Kaplan and Saddock's version of their own child psychiatry textbook (which is actually a sham, as they just took the pages out of the K&S adult textbook and covered it under a new binding), and a plethora of other textbooks.
Nina Dulcan's book has some unique selling points, which might not be great for an endowed chair of psychiatry or a professor in an academic setting, but it certainly great for a resident/fellow.
Dulcan as a scientist is not at all in the league of Rutter and Lewis et. al. Who are much greater academicians and scientists than Dulcan. But to write a good book you need a good writer, and the Dulcan textbook is great to say the least
- The printing and user interface is very user friendly, writing style is excellent, fluid, and makes you turn to the next page, which is very laudable, it being a subject textbook and not a Agatha Christie suspense thriller.
- It starts every chapter, as if from scratch (very important for the trainees, and builds up
- Builds up, and touches on every aspect of a condition
- Psychopharmacology is not well discussed and could have been more detailed (ADHD management to give a very basic example)
Crux of the Story: If you have no financial constraints go buy all the available textbooks as they have their own great chapters and aspects. If not, and like most people you have to choose one book over the rest, I'd say go for the Dulcan textbook. It solves the purpose for any trainee, or any child psychiatrist outside of academic settings.
P.S: As I was reading this review, I felt like a salesman, so I thought I will clarify for you guys; I have never met or communicated with Dr. Dulcan, and I am not selling her book, and she does not pay me any commission [I wish she reads this and decides to do so ;)]