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A must for mental health professionals,
This review is from: ICD-10 : The ICD-10 Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders : Clinical Descriptions and Diagnostic Guidelines (Paperback)
As a nurse lecturer in mental health nursing I have had recourse to this text since my student days. I would never have got through my training without its concise, definitive information on mental disorders. J. Soap PhD may write a lovely book about "Schizophrenia", and J. Doe MSc may have a wonderfully descriptive text on "Depression", but don't waste your time on someone's opinion of what a disorder is or might be - the ICD-10 offers nothing less than the definitive, universally accepted (okay, so the Yanks have their DSM-IV, they're welcome to it!) descriptions of exactly what these disorders are. The language used is very carefully thought out and there is even a section in the introduction explaining how careful the compilers have been to use language which is as neutral as possible, taking great care not to mindlessly use terms loaded with the philosophical leanings of one camp or another. A beautiful work, no mental health professional can credibly be without it.