The strength of this book is its readability and the depth of knowledge provided by the authors.
Title: Fast Facts: Schizophrenia
Author: Shon W Lewis and Robert W Buchanan
Publisher: Health Press
Reviewer: Anne Duell, ward sister, Birmingham Community NHS Trust
What was it like?
This book is what it says. It is a clearly laid out book, which provides fast facts at the hands of its reader. It is an easy read book, saying that though the content is not waters down. It is part of a broader series which is recommended as a quick reference guide.
The book is split into 12 sections that run concurrently but can also be used in isolation dependant upon information required at any given point.
The authors deal sensitively with a condition, which is not fully understood by some of the general public as well as some health care workers. They sensitive but coherently provide us with a historical understanding, which includes the developing notion that schizophrenia is separate to other forms of psychosis. The symptoms and diagnosis has always been one of contention and is explained in view of different diagnostic classifications.
Following on, the authors also present their readers with insight to risk factors, genetics, various fields of neurology along with many other areas including pharmacology and management principles.
What were the highlights?
The highlight of this book is the art of the authors in creating a condensed book about schizophrenia without compromising on the provision of quality data. The use of key points at the end of each section are an invaluable resource for the readers alongside the use of some axe studies.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The strength of this book is its readability and the depth of knowledge provided by the authors. There aren’t evident weaknesses. The book acts as a good springboard for its readers to proceed to undertake further reading or study to consolidate the learning provided by the fact facts guide.
Who should read it?
This book should be read by anyone who works across both the acute community sector. They will be highly likely be asked to support a patient/client who has either a diagnose or undiagnosed mental health condition. This book will provide a grounding to support best practice in delivering the care required.
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