Dr. Allen Frances’ Dirty Dozen on Psychiatric Assessment?


This is another one of those posts about a lucky break. Okay, remember that email-mediated interview I posted recently in which I asked lean management giant Dr. John Toussaint, MD, CEO of ThedaCare Center for HealthCare Value in Appleton, Wisconsin,  his opinion about Maintenance of Licensure (MOL)? See this link to refresh your memories, Dr. John Toussaint’s Reply – The Practical Psychosomaticist.

Now recall, I just got my copy of Dr. Allen Frances’ new book, “Essentials of Psychiatric Diagnosis: Responding to the Challenge of DSM-5”, and see my latest post about that, Dr. Allen Frances, MD on The Diane Rehm Show, NPR – The Practical Psychosomaticist.

Essentials of Psychiatric Dx by Allen Frances MDI’m so impressed with the book so far, especially the introduction, which contains a section called “A Dozen General Tips” relevant to conducting psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, that I immediately thought of making a Dirty Dozen about it. The only obstacle is copyright law. So I completed the on-line request for permission at Contact Guilford. I was prepared to wait several weeks because that’s how long they tell you it takes to get a response.

Then I got this crazy idea to contact Dr. Frances directly and ask him if he would like to create the Dirty Dozen himself, Allen J. Frances, M.D. | Psychology Today. You know, it was just one of those throw-away messages (like the one to Dr. Toussaint) to which I never expected any reply.

Would you believe it? Within a minute of my hitting the “send” button, I heard my bugle-tone inbox message alert on my iPad, indicating that I would get an expedited consideration of my request.

Allen Frances book 1So I wonder how long it will take to get a response from the publisher now? In any case, I can just hear you out there wondering aloud, “What the heck is up with Allen Frances’ “A Dozen General Tips”? I guess you’ll just have to buy the book for now. I can give you a hint; they’re what I’ve been teaching medical students and residents for years.

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