Essential Psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and Clinical Applications / Edition 1

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'Imaginative and visually appealing' (TINS), Essential Psychopharmacology, now on CD-ROM, provides a dynamic explanation of the neurobiological concepts underlying the drug treatment of psychiatric disorders, with particular emphasis on the principles of chemical neurotransmission. Based on the highly praised textbook by Stephen M. Stahl, this CD-ROM runs on both Apple Macintosh and Windows, and provides a clear and accessible introduction for the first time student. For the physician or scientist with prior background in the field, it offers a quick review of the key dimensions of psychopharmacology and the drug treatment of mental illness, with a wealth of high-quality colour graphics, animations and voice-overs. A striking and versatile resource, this CD-ROM is an invaluable learning aid for neurobiology students, scientists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals.

PC: Windows 3.1 or Windows 95 with at least 16 MB free RAM 486 processor or faster 2X or faster CD-ROM drive A SoundBlaster type soundcard and speakers The 16-bit version of Apple's QuickTime software is required Macintosh: System 7 or 8 with at least 16 MB free RAM 2X or faster CD-ROM drive speakers

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Reviewer: 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.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521626590
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Series: Essential Psychopharmacology Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 378
  • Product dimensions: 6.93 (w) x 9.76 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Neuroscientific Basis of Clinical Psychopharmacology
Ch. 1 Principles of Chemical Neurotransmission 1
Ch. 2 Receptors and Enzymes as the Targets of Drug Action 19
Ch. 3 Special Properties of Receptors 48
Ch. 4 Chemical Neurotransmission as the Target of Disease Actions 69
Pt. 2 Psychiatric Medications and Psychiatric Disorders
Ch. 5 Depression 99
Ch. 6 Antidepressants and Mood Stabilizers 131
Ch. 7 Anxiolytics and Sedative-Hypnotics 167
Ch. 8 Drug Treatments for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Phobic Disorders 216
Ch. 9 Psychosis and Schizophrenia 249
Ch. 10 Conventional Neuroleptic Drugs for Schizophrenia and Novel Antipsychotic Agents 263
Ch. 11 Cognitive Enhancers and Neuroprotective Agents 289
Ch. 12 Drugs of Abuse 332
Suggested Reading 367
Index 371
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