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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Raj Tummala, MD (Wyeth Pharmaceuticals)
Description: This is the latest update of a guide to clinical psychopharmacology. The book is a great, easy to read reference for any clinician practicing psychopharmacology.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive, easy to read reference of psychotropics for the practicing clinician.
Audience: It is targeted at anyone dealing with psychotropics such as students, residents, clinicians, and psychopharmacologists.
Features: This fifth edition is a very practical review of clinical psychopharmacology covering all of the diseases states and their respective treatments divided by class. In this edition, there is a reorganization of the chapters along with new summary tables. Starting from general principles of psychopharmacology, the authors cover all of the classes of psychotropics. Diagnosis is based on the DSM IV-TR. I cannot emphasize enough how practically this book is written. While most of the information is evidence-based, the mix of personal experience sets this book apart from the rest. The authors address difficult situations and give practical information on overcoming these 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 that we see in the patient populations and advise dosing based on this. Of special mention are the sections on augmentation strategies and pharmacotherapy in special situations. Another topic of special interest for the clinician is the chapter on herbals and dietary supplements. The new edition presents information in summary tables for quick reference.
Assessment: This is a very useful and easy to read update that clinicians can use in daily practice as a quick reference. The book is written in a practical, user-friendly format differentiating itself from other books in this category. It is an absolute must for anyone dealing with psychopharmacology.