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From The CriticsReviewer: Heather Boyle, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a reference for understanding the state of the literature on psychiatric medication use in geriatric populations. Each section addresses not only classes but individual medications.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a manual on the use of psychiatric medication in geriatric patients.
Audience: The book is appropriate for all practitioners in geriatrics including internists, family physicians, nurses, residents, and students. The authors are expert in the practice of geriatric psychiatry.
Features: The book focuses on the classes of psychiatric medications as well as on a few relevant neurological and medical disorders and the drugs commonly used in the treatment of them. Each section ends with bullets of the essential points from that section, followed by an extensive reference section, and important information about the medications, including dosing instructions and possible adverse effects.
Assessment: This is a very useful reference for those treating geriatric patients. Each section contains discussions of each class of medication used in psychiatry and the special considerations for the geriatric population. Other manuals focus on special considerations in diagnosing psychiatric conditions, where this manual goes the next step, focusing on special considerations in medication prescription and on recognizing adverse effects.