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"Personality Disorders is an important book because it exposes clearly the major controversies facing the field. Each chapter is an erudite contribution that stands on its own quality. In addition, the insightful reader will also be able to compare the divergent, and sometimes contradictory, perspectives and conclusions of different chapters. Consideration of the contradictions and unanswered questions throughout the book reveals the harsh consequences of blind reliance on false assumptions about how nature can be carved at its joints, when there are actually no such joints."
"This is an important book. It provides a clear guide and reference for season clinicians who treat personality disordered individuals everyday, knowingly or not. It should prove especially helpful to graduate students and upper level undergraduates as an introduction to the diagnoses and as a demonstration of the importance of good clinical and empirical research."
"Useful as both a textbook and a reference resource, this is an excellent volume. O'Donohue, Fowler, and Lilienfeld called on an impressive array of clinical experts to address the etiology, symptomology, and treatment of each of the major personality disorders." —R.E. Osborne, Texas State University-San Marcos
"I recommend this book to interested clinicians who wish to extend their knowedge, and to new an experienced researchers in the field of personality disorder."
"Just what the Doctor ordered!"
The book itself is good, especially the discussion of overlap between personality disorders, although the organization of contents follows DSM-IV. The current state of discussion concerning DSM-V is not covered in the book. The title is a bit misleading in this regard.
Chapter 8 (Histrionic personality disorders) does contain data about somatisation disorder. However, the links with chronic pain are not explict.
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