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Book Review

What Every Patient, Family, Friend, and Caregiver Needs to Know About Psychiatry, 2nd ed

Page Burkholder, MD

Published: January 15, 2005

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The title of Dr. Roukema’s book suggests an intended audience of psychiatric patients and their caregivers. His stated purpose is to give an overview of the variety of psychiatric illnesses, helping people to differentiate between the stress and anxiety of daily living and the more serious symptoms that suggest a mental illness. While he succeeds in delivering a clearly drawn and gently worded general reference text, it seems more a text for high school or college psychology students than a guide for patients and for families seeking assistance in understanding and providing aid for their loved ones.’ ‹

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Volume: 66

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