Kaplan and Sadock's Synopsis of Psychiatry: Behavioral Sciences/Clinical Psychiatry Eleventh Edition
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- Publisher : LWW; Eleventh edition (September 3, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 1472 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1609139712
- ISBN-13 : 978-1609139711
- Item Weight : 5.9 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.52 x 1.8 x 10.52 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I recently developed a psychiatry program for a local university and was selecting the foundational textbook. I went about comparing this book with Black's (2014) Introductory Textbook of Psychiatry, Sixth Edition , Hale's (2014) The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychiatry , and Gabbard's (2014) Gabbard's Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders . While Black, Gabbard, & Hale all offer something unique, this book by far provides the most in-depth and comprehensive overview of the field of psychiatry. This book is also priced similarly or cheaper than the books noted above. In the end, I stuck with Synopsis of Psychiatry.
The downside to this book is that it is very heavy with 1400+ pages. The text is tiny and organized into two columns per page. Sometimes I find it difficult to follow the textual organization on each page. This is likely not a book you will read cover to cover. The only colored images are of different medication pills and brain imaging at the front of the book. The rest of the book is black, white, and pink. I should note, that the other books I mentioned above are also in grey scale and have far fewer images throughout the text.
Compared with the books mentioned above, Synopsis of Psychiatry provides more detailed historical information about each mental illness and a much more thorough discussion of child and adolescent psychiatry. This book, compared with others, also provides more information about theories of personality and psychopathology and it includes two chapters dedicated to the contributions of psychosocial sciences and sociocultural sciences.
For each mental disorder, this book does include the DSM 5 criteria, history, epidemiology, clinical features, associated symptoms, differential diagnosis, course, prognosis, and treatment options. On the other hand, Gabbard's text offers a much more detailed analysis of treatment options for each individual disorder.
In the end, this is an excellent foundational and reference textbook. It is bulky, heavy, and difficult to read the tiny text. The paperback version does come with a "free enhanced ebook." I would recommend using this or the Kindle version and reading the book on your tablet or computer. It lends to a much more comfortable reading experience.
The box is intact and perfectly fine, so this must have happened prior to transport.
Such a disappointment. Hopefully the company will send me a nice replacement and allow this disaster to be returned. They have good reviews, so this must be a fluke.
Addendum: The purchase includes e_book access. Tried the e_book on my android tablet and find that there is no highlighting function, no copy or print function, no note function,no good text to speech function etc. All it offers is basic book reading, nothing else. Needs more functions such as those mentioned to be fully useful. I understand that more functions are offered for iOS and windows platform, android needs work.
I really liked being able to download the e_book to my android tablet via the Inkling app from google play store. It was very easy to do and once downloaded, no internet connection is necessary for reading. I consider this feature a real plus, reminds me of kindle. The downside is that Inkling download/reading is limited to two devices, tough if you are a 'multi-devicer' .
Please show the cover you will send, instead of advertised.
PS: This book is huge and heavy.
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Reviewed in India on November 11, 2020
Must be kept for all professional mental health workers