Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Sahana Misra, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a new guide of medications currently available to clinicians for treatment of psychiatric disorders.
Purpose: This book is to be used as a quick reference guide and not as a textbook. It reviews the major classes of drugs and then provides one to two page summaries of specific drugs that contain information pertaining to topics such as indications, contraindications, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, dosing, and adverse events. This guide is more complete than the pocket-sized guides that are available, yet is still succinct.
Audience: This book is written for psychiatrists and psychiatry residents; however, with the increased use of psychotropics in primary care medicine, family practitioners and internists will also benefit from this guide. Medical students also will find this book a useful reference. The contributors are all distinguished physicians and researchers.
Features: It is intended to be used only as a guide, therefore, only fundamentals are discussed. At the end of each section of types of medication is an extensive list of up-to-date references. The table of contents and index are easy to use and thorough. The index is divided into generic and proprietary names as well as FDA approved indications and off-label indications. The specific drug summaries are neatly outlined so specific information can be obtained quickly.
Assessment: This guide is a useful guide to mental health professionals as well as primary care physicians. The authors do plan to update the guide annually to account for new medications and any revisions in indications, etc. It would be worthwhile for a health sciences library or bookstore to have this guide available. Psychiatric residents also would find this guide valuable for a quick reference while on call or studying for boards.