This is the eleventh edition of Kaplan & Sadock’s Synopsis of Psychiatry, which was first published more than 40 years ago. During that time, it has gained the reputation of being an independent, consistent, accurate, objective, and reliable compendium of new events in the field of psychiatry. Since its beginning, the goal of this book has been to foster professional competence and ensure the highest quality care to those with mental illness.
An eclectic, multidisciplinary approach has been its hallmark; thus, biological, psychological, and sociological factors are equitably presented as they affect the person in health and disease. Synopsis serves the needs of diverse professional groups: psychiatrists and nonpsychiatric physicians, medical students, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, and other mental health professionals, such as occupational and art therapists,among others. Synopsis is also used by nonprofessionals as an authoritative guide to help them collaborate in the care of a family
member or friend with mental illness.