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BOOK REVIEW

BOOK REVIEW

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Journal of Mental Health, April 2012 21(2): 213–214 © 2011 Informa UK, Ltd. ISSN: 0963-8237 print / ISSN 1360-0567 online DOI: 10.3109/09638237.2011.629242 BOOK REVIEW The Yipping Tiger and other tales from the neuropsychiatric clinic Perminder Sachdev Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010 289 pp., $24.95 pbk ISBN-13: 978-0-8018-9454-1 The Yipping Tiger is a well-written book which provides overviews of 10 intriguing clinical cases referred to Dr Sachdev, a neuropsychiatrist. Each chapter depicts a different case, cleverly chosen to illustrate how complex clinical presentations can straddle the fields of neurology and psychiatry in a fascinating way. Detailed descriptions are given about how each of the clients came to Dr Sachdev and of their unique stories and difficulties. Special attention is paid to explaining the pertinent brain processes, and to the theories and research findings which are relevant to making sense of the curious clinical presentations. Dr Sachdev cleverly throws in his own anecdotes, observations and thoughts throughout the book. This gives the feeling that one is privy to his musings, as he sits in his consulting room with his patient. The book covers some details of both early and modern neurological and psychiatric theories and research. Some of these
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