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DSM-IV-TR Casebook: A Learning Companion to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision Hardcover – January 15, 2002

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"As a whole, this book is an excellent reference that I believe makes the study of psychiatry using DSM-IV format a little bit less tedious and much more enjoyable. This book is a good learning tool."-- "Doody's Publishing", "March 2002"
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.; 4th edition (January 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585620580
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585620586
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael B. First M.D., (1956-) is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University, and is a Research Psychiatrist at the Biometrics Department at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and maintains a schematherapy and psychopharmacology practice in Manhattan, Dr. First is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on psychiatric diagnosis and assessment issues and conducts expert forensic psychiatric evaluations in both criminal and civil matters. Dr. First is the Editorial and Coding Consultant for the DSM-5, the chief technical and editorlal consultant on the World Health Organization' s ICD-11 revision project, and is an external consultant to the National Institute of Mental Heatlh's Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) project

Dr. First got his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University, received a Masters in Computer Science and a Medical Degree from the University of Pittsburgh, did his psychiatry residency at Columbia University, and did a fellowship in Biometrics Research under the direction of his mentor, Dr. Robert Spitzer.

He was the Editor of the DSM-IV-TR, the Editor of Text and Criteria for DSM-IV and the APA's Handbook on Psychiatric Measures. He has co-authored and co-edited a number of books, including A Research Agenda for DSM-V, the DSM-5 Handbook for Differential Diagnosis, and forthcoming the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-5 (SCID-5).

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74 of 74 people found the following review helpful By A Doctor in Ann Arbor on August 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a great book with real-life case vignettes illustrating presentations of most of the diagnoses in DSM-IV-TR. Though initially skeptical, given the contrived case names, the book is excellent. Each case is followed by a discussion of the DSM-IV diagnostic issues raised. An especially neat part of the book is a presentation of historic cases from Blueler, Freud, and others, as well as international cases. Each case is self-contained so the book can be read in a three minute sitting.

Recently, the publisher released the "Treatment Companion to the Casebook." I bought this as well but am a little disappointed that it contains only a subset of cases which are reprinted with discussion from the "Casebook." I would have preferred a true companion book and am annoyed by the redundancy. I have been reading the book together with the "DSM-IV-TR Guidebook" which complements it well, explaining the history of the diagnostic criteria, areas of disagreement among experts, and how the criteria are meant to be interpreted and applied.
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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Chris on August 11, 2004
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Great way to see how the DSM-IV criteria apply to real cases. Beware, this is the exact same (with exception to the references to the DSM-IV-TR page numbers) as the 1994 DSM-IV Casebook. So, if you already own the older version, don't bother wasting your money.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Avery Z. Conner on March 11, 2003
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I found this book to provide excellent supplemental info to the "DSM-IV-TR" itself. Written case studies, though no substitute for living, breathing subjects, actually provide a good deal of help in learning to apply the diagnoses in the "DSM-IV-TR". Highly recommended for anyone who wants to learn how to properly apply these diagnoses or learn more about psychiatry in general. I found it actually kind of fun. Avery Z. Conner, author of "Fevers of the Mind".
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Rocco B. Rubino on August 23, 2002
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The Case Book was an optional selection for a psychopathology course I am currently enrolled in. I am glad I spent the money to get it because to a novice like myself, the vignettes are very helpful in understanding the arcane world of DSM IV-TR diagnosis.
This book is truly a "learning companion." Concepts and terminology are illustrated by real-life clinical situations, which can be enormously helpful for clinician and student alike to see how the DSM IV-TR plays out in the real world.
The New England Journal of Medicine said that this book is "educational and fun to read," and I would have to agree on both counts.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Valerie A. Stewart on October 6, 2008
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It is a great companion to the DSM. However,when the 5th edition comes out, it would be helpful if the editors included a multiaxial diagnosis for each client.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jay C. Somers on June 11, 2008
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This is a great book. It is set up so that all the cases are sort of mixed up so, if you read it straight through, you get a lot of variety not just 20 MDD cases in a row which can be kind of boring. However, if you wish there is an index in the back so if you want to just read cases on Bipolar I it will tell you what pages they are all on. I do wish that they put in the ICD-9 code for the disorders that they talked about. They reference the page number in the DSM4-TR book but then you have to got to that and look up the code. It is a great board review book and a great practical review for the practicing clinician.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zachary Mcintyre on October 14, 2009
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I teach High School Psychology and this book is very useful as a practical/interpretive guide to the raw definitions of various mental disorders as described in the DSM-IV. If using this in the classroom, make sure to preview each "case study" because some are difficult for novices to relate to the diagnoses. Overall it is a very approachable book and a necessary companion to the DSM-IV.
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23 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Lumbert on February 19, 2003
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Well, never thought I would recommend a book like this one, but there has never BEEN a book quite like it. Recall once seeing a renowned Rorschacer examine vignettes like this manual does, and it was great. We enjoyed it, and learned from it.
My recent books read include "Exploration & Empire" by Goetzmann, a history of topography, so you know I enoy plain stuff.
Many of the sympton analyses in this book surprised me, but after careful thought, realized they were beneficial.
Was especially interested in "borderline" type stuff and the OCD sections which showed how OCD can be on both axis I and II.
This book taught me once again that while we all have personality "traits" only the mentally have a DSM number assigned to our excesses.
Was especially inspired by parts about "organic" dysfunctions, so you know it was inspirational. Have a friend with OPD (310.10 explosice type) and became more sensitive to the difficulty adjusting when you are not maladaptive to begin with.
Love to complain, but can't find anything to fault this book. Buy it, read it and if you don't have a place for it in your library, pass it on.
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