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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Daniel McFarland, DO (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This manual of psychopharmacology focuses on issues pertaining to the use of psychotropic medications in the medically ill.
Purpose: It is intended as an educational tool and a manual of psychopharmacological treatments for patients with a variety of medical illnesses.
Audience: The audience includes specialist and nonspecialist clinicians, consultant psychiatrists on medically ill patients or medically ill psychiatric patients.
Features: This book is divided into two parts. The first part reviews the mechanism of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and alternate routes of administration. The second part is a fairly comprehensive review of psychopharmacology in organ systems and specialty areas. The information is user friendly in its accessibility and succinctness. Each chapter has easy-to-read charts and tables with a key summary section of important points. Chapters average around 20-30 pages in length, which makes it easy to review. The outline of each chapter is clear, logical, and easy to follow, yet the information is detailed in terms of what is important for a treating physician making management decisions. References are conveniently located at the end of each chapter.
Assessment: This well-written reference is heavily clinically oriented, but provides historical and relevant basic science information. The outline format allows users to quickly find appropriate material that can be used in a treatment setting, making the book is easier to use than a cumbersome textbook of psychopharmacology. Because it is clinically oriented, it reviews drug-drug interactions and other pertinent prescribing information for treating physicians, but it does not provide in-depth discussions of mechanisms of action with multiple diagrams found in a comprehensive and authoritative textbook of psychopharmacology.