Synopses & Reviews
Patients and doctors alike are keenly aware that the medical world is in the midst of great change. We live in an era of continuous healthcare reforms, many of which focus on high volume, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness. This compelling, thoughtful book is the response of a practicing psychiatrist who explains how population-based reforms have diminished the relationship between doctors and patients, to the detriment of both. As an antidote to failed reforms and an alternative to stubbornly held traditions, Dr. Abraham M. Nussbaum suggests ways that doctors and patients can learn what it means to be ill and to seek medical assistance.
Using a variety of riveting stories from his own and others’ experiences, the author develops a series of metaphors to explore a doctor’s role in different healthcare reform scenarios: scientist, technician, author, gardener, teacher, servant, and witness. Each role influences what a physician sees when examining a person as a patient. Dr. Nussbaum cautions that true healthcare reform can happen only when those who practice medicine can see, and be seen by, their patients as fellow creatures. His memoir makes a hopeful appeal for change, and his insights reveal the direction that change must take.
“The author has produced a work that addresses the ‘fall from grace’ of the medical profession. It is rich with nuanced details and stories of physician and patient lives. He moves through his territory with delightful stride.”—Thomas Duffy, M.D., Yale University School of Medicine
“In a time when hospitals threaten to become factories and doctors seem no more than factory farmers, Nussbaum helps us see that there is an alternative. That alternative turns out to be exemplified in the stories he wonderfully tells of what he has learned from the sick. Hopefully his book will be widely read because it has important practical as well as theoretical implications.”—Stanley Hauerwas, author of The Work of Theology
A deeply concerned physician reflects on today’s doctor-patient relationships and offers a compelling vision of a better way to practice medicine
Designed for interviewers at all levels of experience, The Pocket Guide to the DSM-5(R) Diagnostic Exam is the clinician's companion for using DSM-5(R) in diagnostic interviews. Both experienced clinicians and those still in training will benefit from the thoughtful, yet practical, fashion in which DSM-5(R) revisions are reviewed and incorporated into the 30-minute diagnostic interview.
This guide is written for all levels of experience, since every clinician needs to master both DSM-5(R) criteria and how to conduct a fruitful diagnostic interview. The book:
- Provides insight into the process of establishing a therapeutic alliance, which remains the goal of any psychiatric encounter, even one as brief as the diagnostic interview.- Offers an extensive set of appendixes with resources to enhance understanding. These include a brief, easy-to-use summary of DSM-5(R) disorders; a stepwise approach to differential diagnosis; the Mental Status Examination and a psychiatric glossary; the ABPN Clinical Skills Evaluation; DSM-5(R)-related diagnostic tools and scales; and coverage of alternative diagnostic systems and rating scales.- Provides a sequential framework for generating a differential diagnosis, using a six-step approach, that will help clinicians develop their clinical decision-making skills and ensure that they take into account the many and interrelated causes of mental disorders.
Direct, practical, and informative, The Pocket Guide to the DSM-5(R) Diagnostic Exam will enable readers to efficiently and effectively employ DSM-5(R) as part of a comprehensive diagnostic interview.
About the Author
Abraham M. Nussbaum, M.D., directs the adult inpatient psychiatry unit at Denver Health, where he also trains medical students and residents. He is assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine, and author of the best-selling The Pocket Guide to the DSM-5 Diagnostic Exam. He lives in Denver, CO.