Kaplan & Sadock’s Synopsis of Psychiatry

Kaplan & Sadock’s Synopsis of Psychiatry
12th Ed.
2022 © Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Robert Boland, MD; Pedro Ruiz M.D.; Marcia Verduin, MD
ISBN-13: 978-1-9751-4556-9
eISBN-13: 978-1-9751-4558-3
Psychiatry, Nursing


Accurate, reliable, objective, and comprehensive, Kaplan & Sadock’s Synopsis of Psychiatry has long been the leading clinical psychiatric resource for clinicians, residents, students, and other health care professionals both in the US and worldwide. Now led by a new editorial team of Drs. Robert Boland and Marcia L. Verduin continue to offer a trusted overview of the entire field of psychiatry while bringing you up to date with current information on key topics and developments in this complex specialty. The twelfth edition has been completely reorganized to make it more useful and easier to navigate in today’s busy clinical settings.

  • • A revised table of contents moves the most clinically relevant material to the beginning of the book, including sections on diagnosis, psychopathology, and psychiatric conditions, treatment across the lifespan, and therapy and other interventions.
  • • Reformats clinical chapters to include clearer section headings and easy-to-digest summaries of important information, all with the goal of helping you find information quickly and easily locate answers to specific problems.
  • • Includes numerous case studies to enhance the learning experience.
  • • Presents the most current treatment methods including descriptions of all modern psychotherapeutic techniques.
  • • Includes descriptive tables for all relevant DSM-5 and ICD-10 diagnoses and an up-to-date psychopharmacology section organized according to mechanisms of action.
  • • Carries on the tradition of excellence established by Drs. Benjamin J. Sadock and Virginia A. Sadock, with Dr. Pedro Ruiz returning as Consulting Editor.

The Synopsis of Psychiatry has been the leading clinical psychiatric resource for psychiatrists both in the US and around the world. It has the reputation of being an independent, accurate, reliable, and objective compendium of new events in the field of psychiatry.

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Specialty Score: 2 Nursing - Psychiatric
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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"This book serves as a worthy update to the previous edition written in 2014. The authors made the choice to simplify the amount of detail and artwork in this edition compared to previous editions, but the degree of high-yield information is maintained throughout. Those familiar with previous editions of the text will be able to easily navigate and familiarize themselves with this new edition. This title has long been regarded as one of the best psychiatric reference texts, and there has been no sacrifice in text quality."

-- Chad Percifield, DO (Michigan State University College of Medicine) Doody's Review

"I continue to be impressed with this book. With a 40-year history of continued revisions, it is simply the best overall review.... This edition is superb in explaining the changes of the DSM-5, which is the main point of this update. If you were to purchase one review book, this would be the one."

-- Aaron Plattner, MD (Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services) Doody's Review - previous edition

"What an outstanding new edition this is! This is easily one of the best, if not the best psychiatric textbook around, perhaps even better than the two-volume set because of its ease of use. This new edition is welcome in our rapidly evolving field. No psychiatrist or mental health worker should be without a copy, since Kaplan & Sadock has long been the definitive reference in our field."

-- William Miles, MD (Rush University Medical Center) Doody's Review - previous edition


This title is targeted at psychiatrists, nonpsychiatric physicians, medical students, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, and other mental health professionals.

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