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Wes Burgess, M.D., Ph.D. trained at Stanford University and taught at Stanford and UCLA Medical Schools and the University of California, Davis, Department of Psychology. He is the author of Mental Status Examination for Personality Disorders—a companion book that focuses on the evaluation and diagnosis of personality disorders, The Bipolar Handbook, and other books on Bipolar Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder. Dr. Burgess also wrote Calm Your Mind, a book on relaxation techniques for your clients, and other books on stress reduction. He won the Purdue Literary Award, the Mead Johnson Award for Excellence in Writing, and the Southern California Psychiatric Association Award for his monthly column on diagnosis. Dr. Burgess consults for the Los Angeles Superior Courts and the California Bar Association, and appears as a psychiatric expert on National Public Radio, television, and films.
I bought this on my Kindle I like the book but would not buy it in this format again, reasons to follow. First I would say the book has excellent content is well written and accessible for both novice and more experienced practitioner. I am a degree nurse with 3.5 years of forensic psych recently moved to an ED job where we act as a consulting service to the ER Docs and make recommendations for admission or D/C. Specifically I like the case study and framework used in the book I find it is helpful in interviewing and working out differentials both medical/organic and psychiatric.
However, the one issue I have with the book is the kindle format. The Kindle version has no index, and no text links, so you are unable to review the content of the book or to jump to another section of the book or print out any forms for that are only available in the paper copy. This is a significant shortcoming of this book's formatting for the electronic version for that reason I would again only buy this as a paper edition and forget it on the kindle unless they update the book to provide useful access.
About 8% through on Kindle version. Easy to read and injected with plenty of practical implications; however, I wanted to be able to navigate easily to checklists in the Appendices and have the option of printing them, e.g., with an application like Calibre. I cannot, however, because the book is DRM protected. From what I understand DRM does not prevent piracy but just annoys buyers who want to get the full use out of their digital purchase. Next time, I will limit my search to books/publishers who do not use DRM or I'll borrow the book from our academic library. Cheers.
Every diagnostician and their students should be required to have this in their office. I would give my students the vignette only and let them explore the DSM 5 before giving them the rest of each chapter. I also found the cases treated in settings other than my own, as well as the permission to use them well worth the price of the book! A great gift for a friend or student no matter how many years they have used the DSM
I used this with my interns to get them to think more clinically about situations. They absolutely loved it. It was great to see them not only working through the situations, but also questioning the logic behind the diagnoses and where they may have gone wrong with their own diagnosing skills. It is slightly wordy at points, but overall it's pretty good.
The first portion of the book contains diagnostic criteria for several diseases, how to perform the mental status exam and how to evaluate the results. The end of the book contains handouts you can give patients in the waiting room for self-evaluation and a way to score them. What is sandwiched in between is truly great.
Each clinical vignette is very compelling and intensely interesting. At the end of each vignette, you can quiz yourself on the diagnosis and then confirm the answer. What proceeds from there is the DSM criteria for the diagnosis in bold, followed by the parts of the vignette that confirm or deny the presence of each symptom. There is also a brief discussion of the disease, the treatment concerns, differential diagnosis and a note on how the actual patient was handled. Even the laziest medical student can finish this book in 2 days during rotations.
If you deal with conscious patients, you will have many patients with psychiatric disorders. This book is far too cheap, easy to read and valuable to pass up.
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Wes Burgess, M.D., Ph.D. trained at Stanford University and completed fellowships at Stanford University and UCLA Medical Schools. He has taught in the undergraduate and doctoral programs on the faculties of Stanford Medical School, UCLA Medical School, the University of California, Davis, Department of Psychology, and others. To learn more, search "Wes Burgess" on Wikipedia or see his Facebook page.
Dr. Burgess' books for doctors, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and nurses help clinicians understand their patients so they can give them the best treatment. His books on bipolar disorder and major depression help patients stay well and happy--they are available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Dr. Burgess' books on stress reduction and clearing the mind help everyone escape the pressure of modern life and tap into their highest potential.
Dr. Burgess received the Purdue University Literary Award, the Meade Johnson Award for Excellence in Writing, and the Southern California Psychiatric Association Appreciation Award for his writing. Dr. Burgess has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio, television, and feature films.
Wes was born to engineer and artist parents and he received training in art and music as a young child. He works to help animals around the world through activism in nature preservation and behavioral ecology research. Wes spends his free time snorkeling and enjoying the unspoiled wildlife of the oceans. His book on snorkeling explains his ecological beliefs and helps others enjoy this exciting low-impact sport. Wes feels fortunate to live where life is warm and dogs, children, and gardens flourish.