Essential Psychopharmacology Teacher's Set: Hardback and CD-ROM Pack

Overview

Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology has established itself as the preeminent source of education and information in its field. This much expanded second edition enlists advances in neurobiology, and recent clinical developments, to explain with renewed clarity the concepts underlying drug treatment of psychiatric disorders. New neurotransmitter systems, new theories on schizophrenia, clinical advances in antipsychotic and antidepressant therapy, new coverage of attention deficit disorder, sleep disorders and ...

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Overview

Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology has established itself as the preeminent source of education and information in its field. This much expanded second edition enlists advances in neurobiology, and recent clinical developments, to explain with renewed clarity the concepts underlying drug treatment of psychiatric disorders. New neurotransmitter systems, new theories on schizophrenia, clinical advances in antipsychotic and antidepressant therapy, new coverage of attention deficit disorder, sleep disorders and drug abuse, and a new chapter on gender and sexual psychopharmacology are all features of this new edition. The fully revised text is complemented by many new illustrations, instructive and entertaining as before, and enhanced to reflect new knowledge and topics covered for the first time. The illustrations and their captions may be used independantly of the main text for a rapid introduction to the field or for review, and self-assessment tests follow each chapter. This will be the essential text for students, scientists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals, enabling them to master the complexities of psychopharmacology, and plan sound treatment approaches based on current knowledge.

The book contains color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Reviewer: Nishad J. Nadkarni, MD (Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's 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.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521795609
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: Essential Psychopharmacology Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Principles of chemical neurotransmission; 2. Receptors and enzymes as the targets of drug action; 3. Special properties of receptors; 4. Chemical neurotransmission as the mediator of disease actions; 5. Depression and bipolar disorders; 6. Classical antidepressants, serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors and noradrenergic reuptake inhibitors; 7. Newer antidepressants and mood stabilizers; 8. Anxiolytics and sedative-hypnotics; 9. Drug treatments for obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder and phobic disorders; 10. Psychosis and schizophrenia; 11. Antipsychotic agents; 12. Cognitive enhancers; 13. Psychopharmacology of reward and drugs of abuse; 14. Gender and sexual psychopharmacology; References; Index; Continuing medical education tests; CD-ROM.

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