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From The CriticsReviewer: Raj Tummala, MD (Wyeth Pharmaceuticals)
Description: This is a translation from the French of the award-winning comprehensive overview of the pharmacological treatments for bipolar disorder. The authors cover the extensive range of agents available for treatment through a summary of the literature, evidence-based medicine and clinical experience.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive review of bipolar psychopharmacotherapy with a special focus on the different phases of bipolar disorder and special populations.
Audience: This book is targeted at anyone dealing with the care of bipolar patients such as residents, students, clinicians, and practitioners.
Features: There has been increased awareness of the prevalence of bipolar disorder over the last decade. In addition, many new pharmaceutical agents have been approved for the treatment of the various aspects of bipolar disorder. Starting with a succinct review of epidemiology, the authors discuss the classification of bipolar disorder based on DSM, ICD, and other sources. The currently available/used pharmacological treatments are detailed, covering all aspects of pharmacology including a "practical aspects" section. Treatments like lithium and valproate, newer treatments such as lamotrigine and other anticonvulsants along with the second-generation antipsychotics are discussed in detail. Each chapter has a nice summary section with key points from the chapter. Information is augmented with bullet points, easy to read graphs, tables, and charts. The topics are extensively referenced with information from clinical trials and other evidence-based medicine as well as expert consensus. Deserving special mention are the sections on medications that induce the various phases of bipolar disorder. The authors cover the treatment of the various phases/types of bipolar disorder, both in the general and special populations.
Assessment: As with many translations, the phrasing seems awkward at times, but overall this is a nicely done translation and the book covers all of aspects of the pharmacological treatment of bipolar disorder. Overall, it is a practical, user-friendly overview/reference of the pharmacological treatment of bipolar disorder.