Written for practitioners and trainees, this handbook provides: the six crucial steps in differential diagsis that must be considered for each and every patient; 27 decision trees that teach the reader how to go from the most common presenting symptoms to a final diagsis; 62 differential diagsis tables, each of which provides a head-to-head comparison of a disorder with its differential diagstic contenders; and a symptom index for DSM-IV-TR that lists those disorders that the reader should consider when formulating a differential diagsis given a particular symptom in the patient's presentation. The information provided in the decision trees, the differential diagsis tables, and the symptom index is somewhat overlapping, but each format has its own strengths, depending on the reader's needs in a particular clinical situation. By presenting the problem from a number of different perspectives, this handbook aims to improve the reader's skill in formulating a comprehensive differential diagsis.
Michael B. First, M.D., is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University, and Research Psychiatrist at the New York Psychiatric Institute in New York, New York.
Allen J. Frances, Harold Alan Pincus, Michael B. First