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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Easton, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book elaborates on our dramatic increase in knowledge about all aspect of stimulants and looks into areas where further research is needed. It is designed to help clinicians move past the basic information presented in The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Substance Abuse Treatment, 4th edition, Galanter and Kleber (American Psychiatric Publishing, 2008), to become better equipped to treat this patient population.
Purpose: The goal is to provide a comprehensive review of all features of stimulant use and abuse to aid clinicians, researchers, and policy makers in their understanding and treatment of these disorders.
Audience: It is intended for general medical and mental health professionals as well as addiction specialists. It is also useful for trainees, residents, other healthcare professionals and policy makers who are interested in a broader knowledge base in this area.
Features: The book covers a wide range of topics including history, epidemiology, pharmacology, diagnostic evaluations, behavioral interventions, and polysubstance abuse, as well as medical comorbidity and relationship to HIV. The chapters are well written and up to date.
Assessment: The most salient chapters focus on pharmacology, neurobiology, pharmacotherapy, and behavioral interventions for stimulant abusers. Although much of this information can be found in other sources, this brings together a wide range of useful information under one cover.