Monthly Archives: January 2012

Turmoil in the Book Review Section

Book review sections in psychiatry journals are usually placid.  The central agenda of most journals is the publication of original research articles; many psychiatry journals do not even have a book review section.  Books reviewed are often textbooks that are relatively out of date by the time they are published because of the lengthy period between the time a book chapter is written (often several years) and the time a book is published.  Wishing to review a particular area of the field, psychiatrists can find recent review articles easily in current journals.  By reading journals, it is often possible to be a well informed psychiatrist without reading many psychiatry books.

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