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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: William Miles, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This pocket-sized paperback book serves as a quick reference guide to psychotropic medications.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a quick reference guide to the most up-to-date information on prescribing medications for psychiatric illnesses. Given the rapidly growing field of psychopharmacology, these are certainly worthwhile objectives.
Audience: According to the authors, the book is targeted at any clinician who is prescribing psychotropic medications. The authors are certainly credible authorities on this subject.
Features: The book thoroughly reviews the various psychiatric medications, and is organized by class of drugs (e.g., antidepressants, antipsychotics). Each chapter covers a particular class of psychotropic medication, and discusses such things as indications, mechanisms of action, side effects, drug-drug interactions, and contraindications. The material is covered briefly but quite thoroughly, and is well organized. Numerous tables are scattered throughout. There are no illustrations, but none are needed in a book such as this. References (as "additional reading") are provided at the end of each chapter. An index ends the book.
Assessment: This handbook is a welcome addition to the numerous psychotropic medication pocket guides already available. It is well organized, easy to use, and thorough in its coverage of psychopharmacology. Given the rapidly evolving field of psychopharmacology, up-to-date pocket guides such as this are quite useful. Psychiatry residents as well as practicing clinicians will find this a useful, quick referral source.