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Advancing DSM: Dilemmas in Psychiatric Diagnosis [Paperback]

Katharine A. Phillips , Michael B. First , Harold Alan Pincus

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Book Description

Oct. 10 2002 0890422931 978-0890422939 1

In Advancing DSM, leading psychiatric clinicians and researchers contribute case studies that are unresolved, are rife with controversy, and illuminate limitations of the current diagnostic system. Along with analysis of clinical cases, the contributors recommend broad changes to DSM to incorporate new knowledge from psychiatry and neuroscience and findings from new methods of diagnostic testing.

Advancing DSM is a rich treasury of intriguing information for all clinicians and researchers. You will • Develop an understanding of some of the shortfalls of the current system that will help you make better clinical decisions. Accurate diagnosis is the foundation for selecting the best treatment, determining prognosis, and enhancing our understanding of patients. With the help of real-world case examples, you'll develop a solid understanding of the complexities involved in making clinical diagnoses.• Learn about developments that will advance future editions of DSM. Find out how new developments in psychiatry and neuroscience and new diagnostic testing tools such as functional MRI are changing the face of psychiatric diagnosis and will inform future editions of DSM.• Be alerted to some of the vital questions that must be answered before a new DSM is developed. Each chapter raises important questions to answer if we are to develop new, more accurate, and more reliable diagnoses. For example, how do we determine the causes of mental disorders? How do we define a mental disorder? How should the groupings of disorders be revised to reflect information on etiology and pathophysiology? What are the implications of laboratory testing and neuroimaging for psychiatric diagnosis and practice? and many more.

DSM has been a landmark achievement for the field. By allowing reliable diagnosis, it has brought order out of chaos and fostered groundbreaking advances in research and clinical care. Advancing DSM will brief you on exciting changes in psychiatry today that will impact the DSM of tomorrow.


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"This book is recommended for those willing to look critically at the DSM-IV foundation on which they are standing."-- "Roger Peele, M.D., American Journal of Psychiatry", "October 2004"

About the Author

Katharine A. Phillips, M.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University School of Medicine and Director of the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Program at Butler Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island.

Michael B. First, M.D., is Research Psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, New York.

Harold Alan Pincus, M.D., is Professor and Executive Vice Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry in the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Senior Scientist and Director of RAND at the University of Pittsburgh Health Research Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Great balance of critical literature / contemporary thinking about nosology Oct. 3 2011
By Lorenzo Lorenzo Luaces Valencia - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has several different chapters all united by the common thread 'what's wrong with the DSM and how to potentially fix it' (ok that's a oversimplification but you get it). Topics range from distinguishing between normality and abnormality (a chapter by J. Wakefield)to how neuroimaging could be integrated unto the DSM +5 to the validity of relational disorders as mental disorders. Clearly it's only a great read if you are interested in psychiatric nosology but in case you are, it's among the more balanced books I've seen on the subject.

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