Clinical Geriatric Psychopharmacology / Edition 4

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Overview

Thoroughly updated for its Fourth Edition, this volume is the most authoritative clinical reference on the pharmacologic treatment of psychiatric disorders in elderly patients. This edition provides complete information on new psychotropic drugs, new uses for established drugs, and clinically relevant advances in the neurosciences. Four new chapters cover genes, pharmacokinetics, and their impact on prescribing; new cognitive-enhancing strategies and drugs; late-life depression and physical illness; and depression and cardiac disease in late life.

The book offers detailed guidelines—including drug names, dosages, and prescribing recommendations—for pharmacologic treatment of specific disorders. Chapters include clinical vignettes and tables presenting current clinical trial data. Appendices provide succinct information on prescribing and drug interactions.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Michael Todd, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: "This multiauthored book describes the etiology, pathophysiology, and treatment of various psychiatric illnesses seen in the geriatric population. "
Purpose: "The purpose is to offer information for the use of psychotropic medications in the elderly. Updates in basic neuroscience and clinical information of various psychiatric illnesses and their treatments are presented. It also touches on the historical aspects of psychopharmacology. "
Audience: "The target audience is clinicians and other health professions who care for geriatric patients. Researchers and students will also find this book worthwhile. "
Features: "Concise overviews of psychiatric disorders from anxiety to phobias to the treatment of sleep disorders are presented. Chapters are similarly structured to provide a general description, epidemiology, and neurobiological mechanisms as well as the treatment of each disease. Clinical vignettes highlight several chapters to further emphasize points from the chapter. Discussions of the changes in the pharmacokinetics and side effects of medications in the elderly are presented. Specific information regarding neurotransmitters and the physiology of disease in presented in a clear and thoroughly referenced chapters. Chapters on electroconvulsive therapy and dementia are also included. Three appendixes review basic prescribing information, enzyme metabolism and various drug interactions. "
Assessment: "This is a very good reference for psychiatric illnesses which can occur in a geriatric population. It has very thorough discussions of the basic sciences of many illness and excellent references and suggestions for further reading at the ends of the chapters. The section on dementia and memory disorders is limited to the discussion of Alzheimer's disease. Prescribing information presented in the appendix is not exceptionally helpful for clinical use. Anyone who is looking for an understanding of the basic science of disease and the effect of psychopharmacology on that disease will find this book a valuable resource. "
From The Critics
Reviewer: Michael Todd, MD(Rush University Medical Center)
Description: "This multiauthored book describes the etiology, pathophysiology, and treatment of various psychiatric illnesses seen in the geriatric population. "
Purpose: "The purpose is to offer information for the use of psychotropic medications in the elderly. Updates in basic neuroscience and clinical information of various psychiatric illnesses and their treatments are presented. It also touches on the historical aspects of psychopharmacology. "
Audience: "The target audience is clinicians and other health professions who care for geriatric patients. Researchers and students will also find this book worthwhile. "
Features: "Concise overviews of psychiatric disorders from anxiety to phobias to the treatment of sleep disorders are presented. Chapters are similarly structured to provide a general description, epidemiology, and neurobiological mechanisms as well as the treatment of each disease. Clinical vignettes highlight several chapters to further emphasize points from the chapter. Discussions of the changes in the pharmacokinetics and side effects of medications in the elderly are presented. Specific information regarding neurotransmitters and the physiology of disease in presented in a clear and thoroughly referenced chapters. Chapters on electroconvulsive therapy and dementia are also included. Three appendixes review basic prescribing information, enzyme metabolism and various drug interactions. "
Assessment: "This is a very good reference for psychiatric illnesses which can occur in a geriatric population. It has very thorough discussions of the basic sciences of many illness and excellent references and suggestions for further reading at the ends of the chapters. The section on dementia and memory disorders is limited to the discussion of Alzheimer's disease. Prescribing information presented in the appendix is not exceptionally helpful for clinical use. Anyone who is looking for an understanding of the basic science of disease and the effect of psychopharmacology on that disease will find this book a valuable resource. "
Giridhar G. Reddy
This is the third edition of a multiauthored guide to geriatric psychopharmacology. The purpose is to provide guidelines for the clinical use of psychotropic drugs in treating the elderly patient. The primary audience includes clinicians, students, and researchers dealing with the elderly. References are exhaustive and up-to-date. Extensive tables and case vignettes are also included. This book brings together all the relevant information on this topic in a readable and clinically useful manner. The elderly are a rapidly growing segment of the population in the United States and worldwide. It is estimated by the end of the first quarter of the 21st century, about one in five Americans will be age 65 or older. The elderly patient suffers from comorbid illnesses such as arthritis, hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes, making treatment of psychiatric disorders more complicated. This book uses extensive tables to summarize research and clinical studies. Case vignettes are included at the end of each chapter to provide clinical application of the material discussed in the text. This book also lists various psychotropic drugs, their dosages, and drug interactions.
Booknews
Provides guidelines for the clinical use of psychotropic drugs in treating elderly patients in a readable and nontechnical manner, and presents reviews of research studies of the pharmacology and clinical usefulness of psychotropic drugs for elderly patients. Includes vignettes on clinical application of material discussed, and tables summarizing research and clinical studies, plus appendices of prescribing information, enzyme metabolism and drug interaction, and drug interactions with psychotropic medications. This third edition reflects the explosion of research in the field since 1992, the advent of new psychiatric drugs, and discovery of new uses for older drugs. It also contains expanded material on disordered behavior, depression, anxiety, memory disorders, and electroconvulsive therapy. For clinicians, students, and researchers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781743808
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 10/5/2004
  • Edition description: Fourth
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 700
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 1.49 (d)

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