This book is concise, yet almost encyclopedic in scope. The illustrations and tables are precise and are extremely helpful in amplifying the text. In fact, the tables are so valuable that having this book is almost worth it just for the tables. The key terms and questions at the end of each chapter are wonderful learning tools and assist the reader in reviewing and integrating the essential information within each chapter.
While there are concepts within this book with which the advanced practitioner will be familiar, they are essential for novices in the psychopharmacology or those not yet familiar with psychiatric medications. For example, understanding the workings of the cytochrome P450 enzymes system and its effects on medication and medication interactions is essential knowledge for the practitioner. Also, commonly used herbs and supplements, and their effects are also found within this text.
This is the type of book that not only helps one prepare for the Psychopharmacology Examination for Psychologists but also belongs on the bookshelf for all psychologists providing clinical treatment in today’s mental health environment. Once a practitioner undertakes mastering the material in this text, the practitioner can expect to come away with a new and enhanced view of providing psychological mental health services.
From The Tablet (American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy), Volume 13, Issue 1, March 2012