Handbook of the Medical Consequences of Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Handbook of the Medical Consequences of Alcohol and Drug Abuse

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The essential newly-expanded reference that needs to be on the desk of every health care professional who encounters substance abusers.

Handbook of the Medical Consequences of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Second Edition is the newly-updated classic reference text that provides even more detailed and expanded information on the pharmacological, toxicological

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The essential newly-expanded reference that needs to be on the desk of every health care professional who encounters substance abusers.

Handbook of the Medical Consequences of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Second Edition is the newly-updated classic reference text that provides even more detailed and expanded information on the pharmacological, toxicological, and neuropsychological consequences of alcohol and drug abuse. Eight new chapters of crucial information have been added. Written by leading experts in the fields of medical physiology, psychopharmacology, and neuropsychology, this valuable resource provides the detailed alcohol and drug information health professionals in all fields need to know.

Handbook of the Medical Consequences of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Second Edition greatly expands on the expert information provided in the first edition. This text provides reviews of the cardiovascular, neurological, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, psychological, and hepatic effects of commonly abused drugs. The book also provides in-depth explanations of the mechanisms by which these psychoactive drugs exert their biobehavioral effects as well as current thinking about—and definitions of—abuse, dependence, and alcohol/drug use.

The Handbook of the Medical Consequences of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Second Edition includes vital information on:

  • alcohol, including definitions of alcohol use, abuse, and dependence
  • the relationship between alcohol and accidental injuries, alcohol’s effect on skeletal and major organ systems, and its effect on risk factors for certain cancers
  • effects of alcohol and other drugs on neuropsychological function
  • the effects of alcohol on neuron signaling, neurotransmitter function, and alcoholic brain damage and cognitive dysfunction
  • fetal alcohol effects
  • chronic effects of marijuana use on psychological and physical health, including a fair and balanced discussion of the medical marijuana issue
  • the consequences of opiate abuse and methadone pharmacotherapy, including a comparison of the effects of methadone and heroin on organ systems
  • cocaine’s history, the various forms of the drug, and the adverse effects of cocaine on cardiovascular, neurologic, and pulmonary systems
  • the medical consequences of inhalants ranging from benzene to xylene
  • the prenatal effects of nicotine, cocaine, marijuana, and opiates
  • terminology that appears in the current literature on alcohol
New topics in the Handbook of the Medical Consequences of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Second Edition include chapters discussing:
  • chemical dependency in psychiatric patients
  • medical consequences of steroids
  • OTC medications
  • hallucinogens
  • health effects of tobacco, nicotine, and exposure to tobacco smoke
  • interactions of alcohol with other drugs and other medications
  • periodontal effects of alcohol and drug abuse in the oral cavity
  • imaging studies of structural brain changes
The Handbook of the Medical Consequences of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Second Edition is an invaluable resource for physicians, scientists, nurses, psychologists, and alcohol and drug counselors.

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Reviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: Drug and alcohol use is fairly prevalent in certain populations with often underappreciated physiological consequences. It is important for practitioners to screen for drug and alcohol abuse and recognize the contributions these substances can make to the diagnostic and treatment conceptualization. This book provides just such information for a variety of substances and their medical consequences.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive reference on the medical consequences of the most commonly abused recreational drugs, including alcohol, prescription medications, and over-the-counter drugs (OTCs).
Audience: Any clinicians working with patients who abuse substances are the intended readers. Students of medicine, psychology, and the neurosciences will also find this of interest. The editor has a reputation as a leading authority in this field and has brought together other experts.
Features: The book covers most major drugs, including stimulants, inhalants, narcotics, hallucinogens, and steroids. OTC medications, such as antihistamines and ephedrine, are also covered as are commonly used substances, such as tobacco and caffeine. Each chapter begins with an overview, is divided into sections and subsections to clearly delineate the progression of the topic, and concludes with a summary section. The informative chapters include tables, figures, and illustrations when appropriate. Although a few chapters are dedicated to the neuropsychological, neurochemical, and neuroanatomical consequences of alcohol and drug use, the majority are focused on peripheral medical consequences. While the inclusion of neurological topics is welcomed, it is unclear why they are dealt with separately. Much more complete coverage would have been achieved by integrating a neuropsychological section into each of the medical chapters, as many of the substances discussed in the later chapters are absent from the initial neurological chapters. The other weakness is the lack of updating in some chapters. For example, one section on the neuropsychological effects of cocaine contains no references more recent than 1999 and another section refers to a "recent study" dating to 1995 (13 years might be "recent" in geological time, but not in today's biomedical pursuits).
Assessment: This is a handy reference to have on hand. Although the content and references really should be more up to date in this second edition, the book remains the single best resource for information on the medical consequences of drug and alcohol abuse. The well organized layout makes any topic easy to reference in just a few minutes. Clinicians should keep this readily available.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781136864575
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/05/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
638
File size:
4 MB

What People are saying about this

Penny Booth Page
A COMPREHENSIVE AND INDISPENSABLE REFERENCE for the scientist, the health practitioner, and the serious student of alcohol and drug problems. . . . Offers a detailed overview of how drugs and alcohol act on various organs and systems of the body, and the resulting acute and chronic health effects. . . . All chapters are thoroughly referenced, providing up-to-date reviews of the significant literature on their topics. . . . The chapters on the effects of alcohol and other drugs on the brain are particularly strong, providing a microscopic look at how drugs affect neuronal pathways and the subsequent damage to cognitive and motor functions that can result. . . . Covers alcohol and the major drugs of abuse—marijuana, opiates, cocaine and other stimulants, and inhalants.
Penny Booth Page, MLS, Director of Information Services, Rutgers University Center of Alcohol Studies
David E. Smith
THE MOST UP-TO-DATE FINDINGS on alcohol and other abused drugs. . . . A HIGHLY READABLE AND INFORMATIVE SOURCE OF INFORMATION on a wide range of medical and other health consequences for physicians and other key health professionals. The chapter on the neuroanatomical and neurobehavioral effects of heavy prenatal alcohol exposure is of particular importance for both family physicians and pediatricians, presenting much new information on the effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol and other drugs.
David E. Smith, MD, President/Medical Director, Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, San Francisco

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