A Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology

A Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology

by Alan F. Schatzberg, Jonathan O. Cole
     
 

Psychopharmacology has been accepted as an important therapy that clinicians can use to improve the lives of their patients and manage their conditions. Written by acknowledged experts in the field, the third edition of this acclaimed manual builds a solid practical and theoretical basis that will help clinicians incorporate drug therapy into their practices.

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Psychopharmacology has been accepted as an important therapy that clinicians can use to improve the lives of their patients and manage their conditions. Written by acknowledged experts in the field, the third edition of this acclaimed manual builds a solid practical and theoretical basis that will help clinicians incorporate drug therapy into their practices.

The new edition of this bestseller provides concise and updated guidance in the selection and prescription of appropriate drug therapies for individual patients. It reviews all classes of psychiatric medications, including new drugs such as olanzapine, sertindole, gabapentin, mirtazapine, and venlafaxine. Updated information on side effects and dosages is included. Special chapters address the pharmacotherapy of chemical dependence and abuse and emergency room treatment, as well as treatment recommendations for children, mentally retarded people, elderly people, and other special patient groups.

About the Author
Alan F. Schatzberg, M.D., is the Kenneth T. Norris Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, California. Jonathan O. Cole, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts and Senior Staff Consultant at the Affective Disorders Program, McLean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts.

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Editorial Reviews

Katherine A. Tracy
This third edition provides up-to-date information on drug therapies for psychiatric disorders to aid the clinician in making informed decisions regarding treatment selection as well as subsequent management. The authors present basic and practical information regarding psychiatric medications and provide current information regarding newer agents in a usable clinical guide. Information is derived from scientific literature and common clinical use. This is a useful manual for all practitioners of clinical psychopharmacology. In particular, it should be a valuable resource for medical students and psychiatric residents. Nurses and therapists who care for patients receiving psychotropic medications may also find it useful. An adequate number of tables and figures complement the text. References are current, but the text is sparsely referenced (as acknowledged by the authors). An extensive bibliography follows each chapter, and the appendixes include suggested reading lists for clinicians and for patients and their families. This third edition is a valuable, extremely readable resource for residents in training as well as those currently practicing psychopharmacology. Classes of psychotropic medications are reviewed, including recommendations on selection, dosing, and management of side effects. The authors will often highlight changes in treatment recommendations that have evolved since the earlier edition of 1991. Agents approved since the second edition are reviewed, such as nefazodone, venlafaxine, mirtazapine, risperidone, and olanzapine. Agents not yet approved or not approved for certain indications are also discussed, such as sertindole, quetiapine, gabapentin, andlamotragine. Chapters address varied topics: medicolegal issues, psychoeconomics, combination therapy, and special populations (pregnant women, children and adolescents, mentally retarded, geriatric , and others). This useful and practical reference replaces the earlier edition.
Booknews
Updates the first edition of 1986 with added sections on new drugs, expanded sections on important agents, more detailed treatment strategies for various disorders and situations, and other updates with the latest information from the literature and the authors' clinical practice. Spiral binding. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Doodys Health Sciences Book Review Journal
This third edition is a valuable, extremely readable resource for residents in training as well as those currently practicing psychopharmacology. Four stars
—Doody's Health Sciences Book Review Journal).
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Reviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, DO, MA (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is the seventh edition of this obligatory manual for the practice of clinical psychopharmacology, which has greatly swelled since the first edition, with expanded coverage of the latest medications and indications for their use. Written and edited by giants in psychopharmacology, this manual remains a valuable resource for practicing psychiatrists as well as trainees.
Purpose: The purpose is to present "systematic, comprehensive, yet utterly accessible information and practical advice for applying psychotropic medications to the treatment of specific psychiatric conditions. Although largely evidenced-based, the book also draws upon the authors' (which is the real strength of this book!) clinical experience in discussing drug efficacy, dosing, side effects, and contraindications."
Audience: The targeted audience is psychiatry residents and practicing psychiatrists. Medical students, trainees in primary care residencies, and primary care physicians would find this helpful as well.
Features: Chapters cover the principles of psychopharmacology, diagnosis and classification, antidepressants, antipsychotic drugs, mood stabilizers, antianxiety agents, hypnotics, stimulants (which include amphetamine, atomoxetine, guanfacine, and other fast-acting agents, augmentation strategies, treatment in the emergency department, pharmacotherapy for drug abuse, and pharmacotherapy in special age groups or situations including children, the elderly, pregnancy, mental retardation, and in various medical conditions. Each chapter concludes with relevant and recent citations of the scientific literature. The manual of 720 pages (will not easily fit in your lab coat pocket!) also includes a bibliography, an appendix for the strength and cost of antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs, and a section of suggested readings.
Assessment: This remains an outstanding contribution to the practice of psychiatry and a must read for trainees in psychiatry. Although it doesn't have fancy diagrams compared to another well-known psychopharmacology book, it also doesn't have any obvious bias.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780880480369
Publisher:
American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/1986
Pages:
312

What People are saying about this

Carl Salzman

This 8th edition, like earlier editions, is an outstanding resource for all who prescribe medications to individuals with psychiatric disorders or symptoms needing treatment. I recommend this 8th edition to all practitioners who may prescribe medications to these individuals; I also believe that this Manual will also be a useful resource for mental health clinicians who do not prescribe medications.

Charles B. Nemeroff
The long-awaited new edition of the Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology fulfills all expectations...this manual becomes an essential part of every psychiatrist's practice. Succinct, yet comprehensive, it is truly a how-to of psychopharmacology...this manual should have a prominent place in every practitioner's office-not on the shelf, but on the desk.

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