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From The CriticsReviewer: Thomas G. Cobb, MD (University of Michigan)
Description: This CD-ROM provides a primer on basic psychopharmacology. It is based on Stahl's book by the same title, which is a must have for psychiatric residents.
Purpose: This CD-ROM is a brief, animated version of Stahl's text which can be viewed straight through as a book, or scanned by specific topics. By presenting the material in an animated version, abstract concepts such as neurotransmission and receptor modulation are more easily understood. With recent advances in neuroscience, it is vital that psychiatric residents have a clear understanding of psychopharmacology. This CD-ROM meets this need.
Audience: The material is intended for psychiatry residents and medical students and its complexity is appropriate for this audience. In completing the CD-ROM, the user will have a good foundation of knowledge of psychopharmacology and the basic neuroscientific basis of mental illness. Dr. Stahl, since creating one of the standard texts in the field, is definitely the authority to provide such a companion.
Features: The material covered includes basics of neurotransmission, etiologies of psychiatric disorders, and mechanisms of action of medications. The author's ability to simplify the material is admirable. The material is narrated by the author, but unfortunately the sound quality is poor. The user also has a choice of reading the material in text form. The simplified figures and diagrams are a definite strength. However, the shortcoming of the product is its instability on the PC. This made reviewing such a great product frustrating.
Assessment: This product is a valuable teaching aid, and while it could stand on its own, it makes a better companion to Stahl's text. Since the animations are the product's strength, more animations and less repetition of text would improve it. This good CD-ROM still needs some work.