on 17 July 2015
I have bought this book to study Psychiatry as a fourth year medical student. I chose this one after having a glance over a lot of other Psychiatry books, and I liked this one because it looked like the most balanced of all. It seemed to cover all the important information a student has to know and at the same time keeping the book non-overwhelming for the student.
In fact, it did. Maybe this book will not give you the broadest knowledge about Psychiatry, but it will cover the important points without being too extensive. You can even make it less extensive by skipping the Etiology parts. These parts seem to follow the basic rule that, the less we know about something, the more we have to say about it. Most of these parts can be safely skipped without losing important information, but it is better to keep in mind that it may still contain something important.
Other thing that left me quite amazed was the first chapter. I had always thought that Psychiatry and Psychopathology textbooks were always separate volumes. But Oxford's Shorter Textbook of Psychiatry includes a brief chapter on Psychopathology which, while not being as extensive as a true Psychopathology textbook, is great at explaining the main manifestations of psychiatric disorders!
By now, its greatest fault is only not being accordingly to DSM-5. That made things a little harder while studying, but nothing serious. It is true a lot of things have changed, but most are minor changes, and you can always find online the major changes to DSM-IV-TR. Well, a new edition is likely on its way, so this fault will soon be corrected - and I myself will want a copy of that edition!
This textbook exceeded all my expectations. I only give it five stars because I cannot give any more. If I could go back in time, would I buy it again? Absolutely, no question about it!