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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Joseph G. Fanelli, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book contains the presentations comprising the Biological Council's 1991 Symposium on Drug Action, which sought to explore clinical and experimental evidence regarding the interplay of brain systems in anxiety and depression.
Purpose: The purposes are to relate the symposium's proceedings and to honor a noted pharmacologist for his career of service to the Biological Council.
Audience: The audience is the psychopharmacologist, and with few exceptions, the work addresses its audience quite appropriately. Both clinical research and practicing psychopharmacologists will find this book interesting and useful.
Features: The text is amply and appropriately illustrated with black-and-white tables, figures, and a few photographs. References are of generally high quality, though the lag to publication (the Symposium having been held in 1991) renders some sections unavoidably lacking. A special treat is the first section, authored by symposium honoree Merton Sandler. It is a must-read for any psychopharmacologist. The cover art is poor and betrays the depth of useful material in the book (as well as the price).
Assessment: The title of this book fails to do justice to what is, on the whole, a desirable and useful work for the psychopharmacologist. Many of the chapters contribute useful knowledge needed in developing and testing models of anxiety and depression and in applying these models to treatment settings. Two chapters detract from the quality of the work in a rather obvious and unfortunate way. One chapter describes lab work with dopamine receptors, and the other is a poor discussion of clinical material.