A Primer of Drug Action / Edition 11

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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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Editorial Reviews

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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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429206792
  • Publisher: Worth Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/26/2007
  • Edition description: Eleventh
  • Edition number: 11
  • Pages: 704
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

The Author
Robert M. Julien, M.D., received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Washington and his Medical Degree from the University of California at Irvine. His many research articles focus on the psychopharmacology of sedative and antiepileptic drugs. Previously an Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Anesthesiology at the Oregon Health Sciences University, he currently practices anesthesiology in Portland, Oregon.

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Claire D. Advokat, professor of psychology at LSU, received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University. Her primary interest is in understanding the clinical effectiveness and the mechanism of action of drugs used in the treatment of mental illness, such as the antipsychotics, antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and anxiolytics.

Joseph Comaty, Adjunct Professor at LSU, received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Science and Medicine. His primary area of research is clinical psychopharmacology. In particular, he is interested in the study of the clinical treatment for the major psychiatric disorders of schizophrenia, major depression, and bipolar disorder.

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Table of Contents

Part I Introduction to Psychopharmacology: How Drugs Interact with the Body and the Brain
1. Pharmacokinetics: How Drugs Are Handled by the Body
2. Pharmacodynamics: How Drugs Act
3. The Neuron, Synaptic Transmission, and Neurotransmitters

Part II Drugs That Depress Brain Function: Sedative-Hypnotic Drugs
4. Ethyl Alcohol and the Inhalants of Abuse
5. Barbiturates, General Anesthetics, Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (GHB), and Antiepileptic Drugs
6. Benzodiazepines and Second-Generation Anxiolytics

Part III Drugs That Are Used to Treat Psychological Disorders: Psychotherapeutics
7. Antidepressant Drugs
8. Drugs Used to Treat Bipolar Disorder (Mood Stabilizers)
9. Antipsychotic Drugs
10. Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
11. Geriatric Psychopharmacology
12. Integration of Drugs and Psychological Therapies into a Treatment Plan

Part IV Drugs That Stimulate Brain Function: Psychostimulants
13. Cocaine, the Amphetamines, and Non-Amphetamine Behavioral Stimulants
14. Caffeine and Nicotine

Part V Analgesic Drugs and Psychedelics
15. Non-Narcotic Anti-Inflammatory Analgesics
16. Opiod Analgesics
17. Cannabinoid Agonists and Antagonists
18. Psychedelic Drugs

Part VI Special Topics in Psychopharmacology
19. Herbal Medicines Used in the Treatment of Psychological Disorders
20. Anabolic Steroids
21. Topics in Drug Use

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