Essential Psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applications

Essential Psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applications

by Stephen M. Stahl, S. M. Stahl
     
 

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Explains and illustrates for students and clinicians the neurobiological concepts underlying the drug treatment of psychiatric disorders.See more details below

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Explains and illustrates for students and clinicians the neurobiological concepts underlying the drug treatment of psychiatric disorders.

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'… graced by an especially abundant amount of imaginative and visually appealing graphics that are most helpful in grasping basic concepts … an unusual strategy for teaching and it works quite well in my estimation … The text of this book reads extremely well. It has the feel of having been taped from live lectures in its informality … not at the expense of accurate description however … It makes retention of the material covered much easier than in a convential text.' Herbert Y. Meltzer, Trends in Neuroscience

'The author and Nancy Muntner (who drew the figures) should be commended for providing clear and comprehensible pictorial representations of complex phenomena in clinical psychopharmacology … Stahl and Muntner's ability is astonishing: one could grasp the essential parts of the book simply by reviewing the color graphics and their legends … This book should become a required reading for teaching psychopharmacology … the seasoned psychiatrist may benefit from this book, particularly as a guide to drug selection and understanding. I found Stahl's book of tremendous help as a teacher and I am sure that my enthusiasm will be shared by anyone using it with this purpose.' G. A. Fava, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics

'… essential reading for those who mistakenly believe that psychopharmacology consists of worthy but tedious clinical trials of highly derivative agents … the book also provides an excellent and comprehensive account of the pharmacology of the drugs currently used to treat psychiatric disorders, including less commonly covered topics such as cognitive disorders and substance abuse … I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who works with psychotropic drugs - or who has the task of teaching others about them!' P. J. Cowen, Psychological Medicine

'… the readable text and simple and often whimsical diagrams will provide a sound understanding of the fundamentals of basic and applied psychopharmacology.' Lucinda Scott, Cephalagia

'… the illustrations are amusing, witty, even endearing … For teaching the basics of psychopharmacology … this book has no rivals among existing texts.' Heather Ashton, The British Journal of Psychiatry

Nishad J. Nadkarni
The author of this magnificent work takes a pedagogical, highly understandable approach to the area of psychopharmacology—from the level of basic biochemistry and receptor action through practical clinical applications of all major classes of psychotropic compounds. This text is written with the ambitious goal of making the complicated field of psychopharmacology accessible, on both the theoretical and ""everyday"" levels, to the practicing clinician. Towards this goal the author succeeds admirably. The author seeks to reach the audience of prescribing mental health professionals with a medical background who seek a basic and clinical level understanding of the medications that they recommend to their patients. Numerous unique features contribute to the author's goal. First, the liberal use of highly schematic color diagrams in each chapter adds to understanding of such concepts as receptor action, timing of drug effects and clinical outcomes. These diagrams are structured in what initially appears to be an oversimplified, ""cartoon"" form. However, upon further examination it is apparent these illustrations are highly effective in elucidating highly complex material. As well, a pure pedagogical approach with questions and answers at the end allows readers to test themselves on the material presented to ensure maximal retention of key concepts. Finally, while not written at the highly advanced level of the ""bench"" researcher in psychopharmacology, as clearly explained by the author, this text nevertheless is the basis of further inquiry since the author includes a fairly complete bibliography for further reading. This book is a bedrock for basic understanding of the complexand fast moving field of psychopharmacology, and should be a part of every prescribing clinician's library. It is highly recommended and will be useful in many contexts.
Reviewer: Nishad J. Nadkarni, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: The author of this magnificent work takes a pedagogical, highly understandable approach to the area of psychopharmacology:from the level of basic biochemistry and receptor action through practical clinical applications of all major classes of psychotropic compounds.
Purpose: This text is written with the ambitious goal of making the complicated field of psychopharmacology accessible, on both the theoretical and "everyday" levels, to the practicing clinician. Towards this goal the author succeeds admirably.
Audience: The author seeks to reach the audience of prescribing mental health professionals with a medical background who seek a basic and clinical level understanding of the medications that they recommend to their patients.
Features: Numerous unique features contribute to the author's goal. First, the liberal use of highly schematic color diagrams in each chapter adds to understanding of such concepts as receptor action, timing of drug effects and clinical outcomes. These diagrams are structured in what initially appears to be an oversimplified, "cartoon" form. However, upon further examination it is apparent these illustrations are highly effective in elucidating highly complex material. As well, a pure pedagogical approach with questions and answers at the end allows readers to test themselves on the material presented to ensure maximal retention of key concepts. Finally, while not written at the highly advanced level of the "bench" researcher in psychopharmacology, as clearly explained by the author, this text nevertheless is the basis of further inquiry since the author includes a fairly complete bibliography for further reading.
Assessment: This book is a bedrock for basic understanding of the complex and fast moving field of psychopharmacology, and should be a part of every prescribing clinician's library. It is highly recommended and will be useful in many contexts.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521560115
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1996
Series:
Essential Psychopharmacology Series
Pages:
379
Product dimensions:
6.97(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.98(d)

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