These are the most recommended and best psychiatry books for medical students, residents and attendings by surveying many of the US residency program directors and faculty. This list is intended to be a first aid and to guide the medical students, psychiatry residents and attendings to the books which they need to get to ace in there rotations and practice.

The list is divided into four categories. The first one is for the pocket books that you can carry at any level of education or practice. The second group is for medical students doing their psychiatry rotations, for shelf exams and for those going for interviews, you will be asked which books you have on the shelf so be prepared. The third list is for the psychiatry residents and attendings for their daily reading and reference. The fourth group is for the people preparing for the psychiatry board exam.

For all other specialties please check the link tabs at the top of this page.

Pocket Books

The Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital Residency Handbook of Psychiatry

Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia 2013 Classic Shirt Pocket Edition

The Pocket Guide to the DSM-5(TM) Diagnostic Exam

Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria from DSM-5

The Psychiatric Interview (Practical Guides in Psychiatry)

Books for Medical Students for Psychiatry rotations

First Aid for the Psychiatry Clerkship

Case Files Psychiatry

Kaplan and Sadock's Synopsis of Psychiatry: Behavioral Sciences/Clinical Psychiatry

Books for Psychiatry Residents and Attendings

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5)

Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applications

Clinical Manual of Emergency Psychiatry

Mental Status Examination: 52 Challenging Cases, DSM and ICD-10 Interviews, Questionnaires and Cognitive Tests for Diagnosis and Treatment

Prescriber's Guide: Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology (Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology(PPR))

Ethics Primer of the American Psychiatric Association

Massachusetts General Hospital Handbook of General Hospital Psychiatry

Clinical Neurology for Psychiatrists

Kaplan and Sadock's Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry

Psychodynamic Therapy: A Guide to Evidence-Based Practice

Books for Psychiatry Board Exam Review

Psychiatry Test Preparation and Review Manual

Kaplan & Sadock's Study Guide and Self-Examination Review in Psychiatry