Description: This book covers psychopharmacology used in the treatment of children. The previous edition was published in 1994.
Purpose: According to the authors, the purpose is to serve as a reference on the use of modern psychotropic medications for patients under the age of 18. The information in this field continues to grow with multiple drug studies. This book is needed as an update and reference of new information. The authors meet the objectives.
Audience: The book is mainly written for the prescribing psychiatrist. However, it is also a good reference for therapists, nurses, pediatricians, and medical students. The authors are all credible authorities in psychopharmacology for children and adolescents.
Features: The book has been divided into two parts. Part I focuses on ethical issues and epidemiology. Part II concentrates on the different classes of medications. The book incorporates results of studies done on specific medications. The authors use readily accessible charts and tables discussing drug interactions, side effects, and indications and contraindications. Unfortunately, the studies that are referenced are mainly through the year 1999. Few references from 2000 or later are noted in the book.
Assessment: This is an important reference in the field of child and adolescent psychopharmacology. The second edition updates what is now known about the use of certain medications in the treatment of childhood psychopathology. New editions will be necessary in the future as more studies on psychotropic medications in children are done. There are few books of this stature in the field.