Living Portraits With Some Flaws

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 174. Reviews the book, Still, Life: Clinical Portraits in Psychopathology by Christopher F. Monte (1993). Monte has compiled a compelling set of cases which, most of all, illustrates that formal diagnostic systems offer only rough approximations of the psychological problems of the client. The book's greatest strengths he in well-written case summaries and competently drawn case formulations. Most of its weaknesses are in the methods used in assessing the psychological test results. Although Monte always includes an Outcome section, the information often is disappointing, because most cases have not been followed up in meaningful detail. In spite of such weaknesses, this book would be a useful addition to a personal library of applied psychology. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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