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From The CriticsReviewer: Michael Easton, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a detailed review of the pharmacokinetics of alcohol, its neurochemical and neurophysiological effects.
Purpose: The purpose is to add to the present body of information on this topic and add new dimensions to our understanding of the biological mechanisms that may underlie the disease of alcoholism.
Audience: This book is intended for those involved in the basic sciences and those interested in research regarding alcohol's effects from both a biochemical and neurophysiological perspective. It is not particularly useful for clinicians.
Features: It contains an appropriate number of illustrations, tables, and charts. It is well referenced, and the editors and authors are experts in there areas.
Assessment: This is a highly specialized and technical publication with a narrow focus on alcohol kinetics and its biophysiological and neurophysiological effects. It is divided into three parts — alcohol's general pharmacology, the neuropharmacology of alcohol, and finally the neurophysiology of physical dependence, withdrawal, and tolerance. The book reviews known information and brings some new information to light. It is a highly specific but important book intended for individuals involved in this area.