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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Melissa E. Abraham, MS (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book is the first in a three-volume series of texts on psychopharmacology for psychologists and psychology students.
Purpose: It is designed to provide a complete introduction to how psychotropic medication affects behavior, cognition, learning, memory, and psychological health.
Audience: It is written specifically for psychologists and graduate psychology students who have little or no prior knowledge of pharmacotherapy. It is appropriate both for those interested in prescription privileges for psychologists as well as those who want to better understand the medications their patients are taking that have been prescribed by other clinicians.
Features: The material covers the basic principles of pharmacotherapy, including indications; dosage; abuse liability; adverse drug reactions and interactions; drug classification; and administration. There is essential information about specific patient populations, such as the elderly. The book features a glossary of useful terms and an appendix of associated adverse drug reactions for commonly prescribed psychotropic medications. There are numerous informative figures and tables that clearly illustrate concepts and provide information. The references are fairly current and useful, and the index is well-designed and easy to use.
Assessment: Excellent information on the basic principles of pharmacotherapy and psychotropic medication is provided, particularly in reference to adverse drug reactions. This text has been subjected to rigorous review by a number of experts who ensured terminology would be familiar to or clarified for psychologists. Much of the book is geared towards providing advanced, detailed information about physiology and metabolism related to pharmacotherapy, and thus provides knowledge that would be required for those who would prescribe medications. It is a clear and thorough primer for psychologists who are serious about learning psychopharmacology.