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Kaplan and Sadock's Synopsis of Psychiatry: Behavioral Sciences/Clinical Psychiatry 10th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0781773270
ISBN-10: 078177327X
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Product Details

  • Series: Synopsis of Psychiatry
  • Paperback: 1472 pages
  • Publisher: LWW; 10 edition (May 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078177327X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781773270
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 7.5 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Synopsis of Psychiatry as long been the gold standard of psychiatric textbooks. Walk into most mental health clinician's offices and this sits on their book shelf. My alma mater used the 10th edition of this book throughout the entire program.

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.
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This text book has been a study companion and reference for me since my residency days. I used this book in conjunction with the K/S review questions book to prepare for board exams and use it frequently to read up on specific topics. The book is very comprehensive. I"m still exploring the new edition, thus far I especially appreciate the update on genetics and pharmacology, among others. The DSM-5 update of all chapters is helpful for review. Actually no need to buy the APA DSM-5 book separately, this book has all the diagnostic categories in tables and explanations of diagnostic criteria. Also has numerous cases. All in all, a very worthwhile purchase.

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' .
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As a non-MD clinician, I find this updated edition of "Synopsis Of Psychiatry" to be an incredible resource. I've only had the book a couple of weeks, and have already referred to it many times. It is easy to navigate, quickly accessing the needed information. What a help having an overview and definition of every psychiatric disorder listed in DSM-5. While called, a "synopsis", the topics are wide ranging and discussions creative and in depth. Additionally, the cover is beautiful !
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The last version of K&S Synopsis was full of errors and the fun continues with this edition. I returned it after reading one section and finding multiple errors.

Pg 437, 11.1 PTSD says "reacts with fear and helplessness" and "response to the traumatic event must involve intense fear or horror".
That is DSM IV criteria, it is not part of the DSM 5.

The word "stories" is tossed in the middle of a sentence for no apparent reason on pg 440 table 11.1-3 criteria B1

Pg 446 discusses "Trauma or Stressor Related Disorder not elsewhere classified". That is not part of the DSM 5.

The writing and editing for this book appear to be brutally lazy.
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This book is a beast of information, but studying it concurrently with the DSM-V is a tremendous educational experience. I especially like the case examples in the book that truly personify what can often be confusing diagnoses.
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I'm a psychiatry resident and bought this text to add to my academic library. I preferred this version over the two-volume Kaplan and Sadock set as I was hoping that this would be more amenable to sitting down and reading rather than using as a reference. This isn't quite true - it's still a pretty dry read - but it provides excellent detail without going overboard. Eventually I'll probably invest in the full two-volume set, but for now this is a great addition to the psychiatry resident's library.
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