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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Assoc Pub; 1 edition (Oct. 10 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890422931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890422939
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 1.4 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 440 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,876,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Written by nationally recognized researchers in the field, the book is an important and timely contribution to psychiatry.... This is an excellent book on the critical conceptual issues of psychiatric diagnosis. I highly recommend it."-- "Michael J. Schrift, D.O., Doody's Health Science Review"

"In summary, "Advancing DSM" provides a thorough overview of the many issues that must be addressed as we move toward DSM-V. Although the ideas presented are at times controversial, the authors have taken great care to summarize the pertinent research literature and have drawn conclusions based on scientific data, to the extent possible, with clear calls for research in areas in which data are lacking. "Advancing DSM" is a valuable contribution that will stimulate research and provoke discussion on a number of important topics that must be addressed before DSM-V. In reading "Advancing DSM", it has been reassuring to learn that scholars are already devoting considerable effort toward this end."-- "Karen K. Saules, Ph.D., The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease", "February 2004"

"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"

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Psychiatric diagnosis is indispensable to treatment, prognosis, and research in psychiatry and is used in other areas of medicine, law, education, criminal justice, the regulation of drugs by the FDA, and other arenas as well. Yet the current DSM system is a work in progress that will be altered by emerging knowledge about the causes of mental disorders, diagnostic tools such as functional MRI, and developments in neuroscience -- all new since DSM-IV was issued.

In Advancing DSM: Dilemmas in Psychiatric Diagnosis, leading clinicians and researchers present diagnostic dilemmas from clinical practice that are intriguing, controversial, unresolved, and remarkable in their theoretical and scientific complexity. Chapters present a specific case study of a disorder or an area of diagnosis that illuminates the need for a revised diagnostic system. Chapter by chapter, Advancing DSM raises important, clinically relevant questions about the nature of diagnosis under the current DSM system and recommends new approaches.

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 updates readers on exciting changes in psychiatry today that will impact the DSM of tomorrow.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa66e60f0) out of 5 stars 1 review
HASH(0xa41510f0) 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.