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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Corey Goldstein, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: The Clinical Handbook of Psychotropic Drugs provides all the information that its title implies and more. This spiral bound book can be read cover to cover or used as a reference for a comprehensive review of medications used in mental health.
Purpose: The stated purpose in the preface is to provide a practical resource on the use of psychotropic drugs with updated content based on published literature as well as clinical experience. This is a worthy objective that the authors attain quite well.
Audience: This book would be useful for any provider or student of mental health. Because of its scope and utility, the book is able to reach a broad audience without difficulty.
Features: The book covers almost every piece of practical information on the subject of medications used in psychiatry. Tables provide easy access to the information for the clinician in addition to quick comparison. Bullet points give readers access to clinically relevant and updated information without having to go through paragraphs to get it.
Assessment: As a frequent user of this book, I continue to find it invaluable in clinical practice as well as in psychiatric research. I frequently refer to it to get quick access to relevant and updated information. In addition, I use it as reading material for more thorough review of a various topics. It is truly an invaluable asset to the daily activities of practice. It is an excellent teaching tool for medical students and residents and has also been widely used in the office by nurses and clinical coordinators involved in our clinical research studies. Lastly, the handout sheets at the end are very helpful to patient. Updated editions are necessary because of the constantly evolving nature of the field.