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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Marcella McGuire, MS, RN, CSADC (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is part of the Clinical Practice Series, the aim of which is to support continuing education and enrichment for the practicing clinician.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an up to-date reference for understanding the neurobiology of neuronal nicotinic receptors and the effects of nicotine on various mental health disorders.
Audience: This book is for students in the healthcare field at the graduate level and for practicing clinicians.
Features: Individual chapters have specific, extensive literature references. In regard to appearance, and perhaps I received an odd copy, the content of the book is upside down from the book cover (i.e., the book was bound defectively). When I opened the front book cover, the text was printed upside down and backwards, from back to front — very disorienting!
Assessment: The science described is extensive, but even the editors recognize this difficulty. A disorder without a professional group to claim it will decrease the ability to adequately treat the number of patients who use nicotine. It also does not help that attention to detail was overlooked by the editors.