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Furthering that tradition, the new edition takes its place as the definitive guide to the pharmacology of drugs that affect the mind and behavior as understood today. With over 40% new research citations, there is no clearer, more current presentation available on ...

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Overview

From its first edition 30 years ago, Robert Julien’s A Primer of Drug Action has evolved side by side with the field it covers, capturing the current state of the science of psychopharmacology with each new edition.

Furthering that tradition, the new edition takes its place as the definitive guide to the pharmacology of drugs that affect the mind and behavior as understood today. With over 40% new research citations, there is no clearer, more current presentation available on the mechanisms of drug action, etiologies of major psychological disorders, rationales for drug treatment, and the uses of psychopharmacology in patient care.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Zafeer Barki
This is the eighth edition of a book describing the mechanisms of action, indications, and side effects of psychotropic medications. The book also offers a good discussion of drugs of abuse. The purpose of this book is to provide pharmacological information in a clear and concise manner. The book successfully meets its objective of providing relevant information in plain English. Intended mainly for non-physicians, such as psychologists, psychotherapists and counselors, this is also a useful book for residents and medical students. Certain chapters are well illustrated, more so than others. However, it would be nice to have more tables for a quick reference. References in the book are pertinent and up-to-date. What makes this book stand out from others is its presentation of a complex subject, particularly the discussion of the mechanisms of action of medications and drugs of abuse, in a very readable format and language. This book is a good introduction to psychopharmacology and drugs of abuse, including alcohol. It is very useful for professionals in allied health sciences. The book can also be a good quick reference for the busy physician if more tables can be added to supplement the text. The space for these tables can be created by getting rid of Appendixes I and II, which I feel do not belong in this book.
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A detailed yet nontechnical discussion of general principles of each class of psychoactive drugs, addressing the mechanisms of action of each drug and drug class, current theories about the etiology of major psychological disorders and rationales for drug treatment, and uses and limitations of psychopharmacology in overall patient management. This eighth edition reflects advances in the field since 1995, such as new antipsychotics, opioid agonists, and psychedelics, and offers expanded material on ADHD, alternatives to lithium, anabolic steroids, and antidepressants. Also new to this edition is are clinical guidelines for treating psychological disorders, and appendices on non-opioid analgesics, oral contraceptives, drugs for Parkinsonism, and an illustrated introduction to the brain, the neuron, and synaptic transmission. For professionals and students in counseling, psychology, and psychotherapy, assuming minimal background in biology. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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From his home in Portland, Oregon, physician and pharmacologist Julien has updated his guide about every three years since 1975. Over 40% of his references here are to material published since the 1998 edition. He writes for readers with little background in biology or pharmacology, though more advanced readers will also find new information. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Reviewer: Zafeer Barki, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is the eighth edition of a book describing the mechanisms of action, indications, and side effects of psychotropic medications. The book also offers a good discussion of drugs of abuse.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to provide pharmacological information in a clear and concise manner. The book successfully meets its objective of providing relevant information in plain English.
Audience: Intended mainly for non-physicians, such as psychologists, psychotherapists and counselors, this is also a useful book for residents and medical students.
Features: Certain chapters are well illustrated, more so than others. However, it would be nice to have more tables for a quick reference. References in the book are pertinent and up-to-date. What makes this book stand out from others is its presentation of a complex subject, particularly the discussion of the mechanisms of action of medications and drugs of abuse, in a very readable format and language.
Assessment: This book is a good introduction to psychopharmacology and drugs of abuse, including alcohol. It is very useful for professionals in allied health sciences. The book can also be a good quick reference for the busy physician if more tables can be added to supplement the text. The space for these tables can be created by getting rid of Appendixes I and II, which I feel do not belong in this book.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780716707554
  • Publisher: Freeman, W H & Company Limited
  • Publication date: 1/28/1975
  • Pages: 290

Meet the Author

Robert M. Julien, M.D., Ph.D., is staff anesthesiologist at St. Vincent Hospital and Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Julien is the author of many articles and reviews as well as of Drugs and the Body (1998).
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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Classification of Psychoactive Drugs 1
2 Principles of Drug Action 6
Pharmacokinetics: How Drugs Move through the Body
3 Central Nervous System Depressants: Concepts and Traditional Agents 51
General Concepts
Four Agents of Central Nervous System Depression
4 Central Nervous System Depressants: Benzodiazepines, "Second Generation" Anxiolytics, and Antiepileptic Drugs 74
Benzodiazepines
"Second Generation" Anxiolytics
Antiepileptic Drugs Used in Treating Psychological Disorders
5 Central Nervous System Depressants: Alcohol 101
6 Psychostimulants: Cocaine and the Amphetamine 124
Cocaine
Amphetamines and Related Drugs
7 Psychostimulants: Caffeine and Nicotine 158
Caffeine
Nicotine
8 Pharmacotherapy of Mood Disorders: Drugs for Treating Major Depression 186
9 Pharmacotherapy of Mood Disorders: Drugs for Treating Bipolar Disorder 216
10 Analgesics: Narcotic and Nonnarcotic Drugs 233
Opioid Analgesics
Nonnarcotic Analgesic and Anti-inflammatory Drugs
11 Antipsychotic (Neuroleptic) and Antiparkinsonian Drugs 269
Antipsychotic (Neuroleptic) Drugs
Antiparkinsonian Drugs
12 Psychedelic Drugs: Mescaline, LSD, and Other "Mind Expanding" Hallucinogens 301
13 Marijuana: A Unique Sedative-Euphoriant-Psychedelic Drug 330
14 Fertility-Regulating Drugs and Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids 356
Pharmacological Regulation of Fertility
Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids
15 Drugs and Society: Priorities and Alternatives 386
Psychoactive Drugs as Behavioral Reinforcers
Drug Use and Abuse
16 Integration of Drugs and Psychotherapy in Treating Mental Disorders 415
Concept of Integrated Treatment
DSM-IV Classification of Mental Disorders
Integrated Treatment of Major Disorders
Appendix I Basic Anatomy of the Central Nervous System 443
Appendix II Physiology of the Neuron 452
Appendix III Synaptic Transmission, Neurotransmitters, and Information Transfer in the CNS 464
Glossary 489
Bibliography: A Basic Pharmacology Bookshelf 498
Index 499
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