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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Easton, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book provides a comprehensive and detailed review of pharmacotherapies in addictive disorders. It highlights various approaches to detoxification of chemically dependent patients along with recent advances in the pharmacological approaches to relapse prevention in addictive disorders. The book also provides a comprehensive review of these issues in specific clinical populations with special needs (i.e., surgical patients, pain patients, psychiatric patients, emergency room setting, pregnancy etc.).
Purpose: It reviews the various aspects of pharmacotherapy in addictive disorders. It pulls together a wide variety of pertinent, relevant, and recent information in this area. It is one of the first books to be devoted solely to this area of addiction medicine.
Audience: It appears to be geared toward MD clinicians, specifically those in the addiction field. But, it will be invaluable to all clinicians who deal with a substance abuse population in their practice. The text may also be useful to non-MD addiction clinicians with an interest in more medical and technical aspects of addiction.
Features: This book is extremely comprehensive and up-to-date, and it contains pertinent information regarding many areas of addiction medicine. The text is somewhat underillustrated, but the illustrations provided are relevant and helpful. The references are voluminous, up-to-date, and relevant.
Assessment: This is a very useful book that brings together a variety of up-to-date information. It is one of just a few books in this area of which I am aware and fills a clear void. It will be relevant to all clinicians who work with a substance abusing clinical population.