2nd Edition (Published November 16)
Edited by Nisha Dogra, Brian Lunn and Stephen Cooper
Published by CRC Press
I have used the “Ten Teachers” format book before and this book I am pleased to say it follows in the tradition expected of the series. It is aimed, I suspect at undergraduates and those in their early postgraduate careers but for someone wanting a good general introduction to psychiatry, this is a great starting off point. It is a slim, single volume coming in at just under 300 pages but it certainly gives wide scope to its readers. I should add that GP registrars will also find this book useful as well.
There are 19 chapters covering all of the main topic areas including psychiatric emergencies and mental health legislation. The text is well written and easy to read, and as would be expected in a modern textbook, there is an excellent use of colour and the text is broken up into easy to read small sections.
I would think that GPs and their registrars would enjoy using this book, both as a refresher aid and a conduit to new learning. The individual chapters could be stand alone and relatively short and do not take too long to read and there is good use of boxes and tables. I am not so sure it would make a good reference book, answering a detailed point but it is an excellent and readable review of the speciality in a general sense. Bundled with the book comes an electronic version which is available on the PC, tablet or smartphone and is easy to install and use. However the redeem code is one of the longest I have ever used!
A nice multimedia touch is embedded within the text of the book, and that is the availability of related video contents. The list is available from the download section of the URL above or the URL is within the content of the book. You would think that this resource is quite expensive but it comes in at an impressively competitive price which for the whole package is only £29.99. For many GPs and their registrars as well as number of undergraduates, this represents excellent value for money.
Dr Harry Brown