Book Reviews

The Evergreen Guide: Helping People to Survive and Thrive in Later Years

"The Evergreen Guide showcases the type of group oriented, multi-disciplinary program that elevates elder care. What makes this work significant is that it is more than theory; this book shares the hands-on therapeutic programing at St Patrick’s University Hospital in Dublin. Declan Lyons, editor, opens the door to this program to give a glimpse of progressive care for elders with acute mental illness." READ MORE... - Kathie Erwin, Ed.D., LMHC, NCC, National Certified, Gerontological Counselor, Assistant Professor, Regent University, Author of “Group Techniques for Aging Adults, 2nd Edition.”

"The book, edited by Declan Lyons, is based on a program begun 10 years ago in Dublin, Ireland, that focuses on the treatment of hospitalized mentally ill adults who are 65 years of age or older. The Evergreen Program is a collaborative, multidisciplinary program intended not only to alleviate these patients’ symptoms of mental illness but, in addition, to help them develop those skills and attitudes that enhance successful discharge from the hospital and optimal adjustment to the challenges and opportunities associated with aging." READ MORE... - Reviewed by Alan J. Swope, PhD, ABPP, Professor, California School of Professional Psychology (San Francisco) of Alliant International University

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Young, Violent and Dangerous to Know

"Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, Timothy McVeigh, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and Mr. Spock are some of the personalities readers will encounter in Michael Fitzgerald’s book Young, Violent and Dangerous to Know. Autism, psychopathy, and autistic psychopathy are some of the main concepts that are presented in the book. Indeed, serial killers and autism are possibly two of the hottest topics in mainstream media today." READ MORE... - Dr. Leafar F. Espinoza

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Delirium: Prevention, Symptoms and Treatment

"Delirium is unquestionably one of the most important psychiatric illnesses in those who have general medical illness, as it frequently results in a substantially increased risk of morbidity and mortality, if not prevented or treated early and effectively. Delirium is also unique in that it is both a "psychiatric" and general medical illness, which requires vigilance and routine partnering with other treatment partners in order to optimally manage. Bourgeois and colleagues have done a masterful job with defining and presenting a practical and balanced approach to the prevention and treatment of delirium.

It is also helpful to read their detailed evidence-based treatment plans for the most common causes of delirium (e.g. alcohol related, medication induced). I encourage all psychiatrists and other providers to read this text and use as a valuable clinical resource. Furthermore, this text should be required reading for medical students; psychiatry residents; psychosomatic fellows; internal medicine residents; family medicine residents; physician assistant students; nurse practitioner students; emergency medicine residents and neurology residents. I appreciate this important clinically relevant addition to the medical literature and strongly recommend it for medical providers."
- Robert McCarron, DO, Vice Chair of Psychiatry, University of California, Irvine

"This text is timely, important, and much-needed by clinicians, researchers, and even healthcare system administrators. The incidence, prevalence, morbidity, mortality, effects of persistence/recurrence, and costs of delirium are under-estimated and always breathtaking. There are few resources devoted to delirium assessment and management that are consolidated into a single source." READ MORE... - James R. Rundell, MD

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Humanist Psychiatry

"Professor Dr. Nash Boutros, MD, is a world-renown expert in the fields of clinical and biological psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, clinical neurophysiology and EEG. His book “Humanist Psychiatry” covers the wide range of the most important topics of modern psychiatry − from biological bases of mental disorders and addiction to such social aspects as stigma and psychiatric care systems. The existence and /or development of mental symptoms such as depression, anxiety, phobias, delusions, hallucinations, ets. have biological nature, while the content of these pathological feelings, sensations, thoughts is determined by cultural factors and by individual life experience of the patient.  Thus, the combined treatment included both appropriate syndrome-based medication and psychotherapy must be the most effective. The evolution of the views on brain-mind relationships (or psycho-physiological problem) is described by Author at example of development of the DSM classifications of mental disorders from division to “organic” and “functional” disorders up to contemporary bio-psycho-social paradigm. The book is addressed and would be useful for the wide range of readers interested in the modern humanistic psychiatry state-of-art – for medical students, practitioners-psychiatrists, university professors, as well as for mental patients, their relatives and care-givers." - Professor Dr. Andrey Iznak, PhD, DSci.biol. Moscow, Russia 

"This book provides a broad view of how clinical psychiatry is practiced today and how it would look if the ideals of reliance on science within the context of every human’s absolute worth and dignity could be widely observed. The Introduction indicated how the author came to subscribe to the above belief system. The book covers a wide swath of the field of psychiatry from research to education and from personality disorders to correctional psychiatry. The book simply provides a new and very futuristic outlook for the discipline."
- Professor Salvatore Campanella, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

"Dr. Nash Boutros eloquently, passionately and scientifically describes the uniqueness of psychiatry as a medical discipline that strives to restore all the aspects of humanity to those afflicted by the sufferings, perils and stigma of mental illness. The author encourages and behooves not just clinicians but humanity at large, to re-examine the social biases and preconceived beliefs about psychiatric patients. The various chapters offer the reader new journeys to explore the most recent advances in utilizing DSM diagnostic criteria, laboratory and neuroimaging tools, and implementing sound scientifically based treatment interventions. Comprehensive and integrated treatment modalities that address the biological, psychological and socio-environmental domains of each individual psychiatric patient are also described. Medical students, physicians in training, mental health providers, academicians and mental health policy makers would find this humanistic account to be challenging, refreshing, practical, scientific, and all-inspiring." - Hani Raoul Khouzam, MD, MPH, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UC Davis Medical School, California, USA

"In my view, this is a wonderful text, which includes very good and optimistic vision of life per se. The author linked many interesting topics together and the book includes very detailed scientific information as well as clinical experiences (and more which is wisdom). I believe this book will be good step that will be useful and helpful to many people who will read it."
- Peter Bob, PhD, Prague, Czech republic.

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