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From The CriticsReviewer: Raj Tummala, MD (Wyeth Pharmaceuticals)
Description: This guide to clinical psychopharmacology is an easy to read reference for clinicians treating psychiatric patients.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive, easy to use reference of psychopharmacology for practicing clinicians.
Audience: It is targeted at anyone dealing with psychotropics such as students, residents, clinicians, and psychopharmacologists.
Features: This practical review of clinical psychopharmacology covers all of the disease states and their respective treatments divided by class. With this edition, there is a reorganization of the chapters along with new summary tables that serve as nice, quick references. Information is also augmented with graphs and tables. Starting from general principles of psychopharmacology, the authors cover all of the classes of psychotropics. While most of the information is evidence-based, the inclusion of personal experience sets this book apart. The authors address difficult situations and give practical information on overcoming situations that we all see in clinical settings. Each drug has a brief history, indications, overdose, and, most importantly, dosage administration. The authors take into account the variance in patient populations and advise dosing based on this. Of special mention are the sections on augmentation strategies and pharmacotherapy in special situations. Another area of special interest for clinicians is covered in the chapter on herbals and dietary supplements. Each chapter also has an updated reference section.
Assessment: This is a useful and easy to read update that clinicians can use in daily practice as a quick reference. The information is presented in a practical, user-friendly format, differentiating the book from others in this category.