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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is an excellent new book covering the varieties of movement disorders induced by exposure to antipsychotic medications. Written and edited by internationally recognized experts in the field, this book is a valuable contribution to psychiatry.
Purpose: The purpose of the book is to improve clinicians understanding and clinical management of neuroleptic-induced movement disorders. The editors believe that we need to "study these iatrogenic conditions in depth so as to understand them better and improve the management of our patients." This book is a step toward that purpose.
Audience: The intended audience is those interested in understanding the clinical uses of neuroleptic agents and the research into their adverse side effects.
Features: The book features 494 pages divided into seven parts and 30 chapters. Topics covered include an historical perspective, clinical aspects of tardive dyskinesia, mechanisms underlying tardive dyskinesia, measurement of tardive dyskinesia, cross cultural aspects of tardive dyskinesia, drug induced parkinsonism and dystonia, and treatment of tardive dyskinesia. There is an up-to-date reference section and useful index at the back of the book.
Assessment: This is a valuable new book on drug-induced movement disorders. Any clinician who is involved in the treatment of patients with chronic psychoses should read and refer to this book.