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Completely updated in its Third Edition, this text provides an evidence-based approach to the clinical use of today's psychotropic drugs. The book comprehensively summarizes the scientific and clinical research literature and offers treatment strategies that flow directly from scientific data. The first chapter sets forth key principles of psychopharmacotherapy, foremost of which is the thorough assessment of the patient's history that helps establish the appropriate role of drug therapy. Subsequent chapters discuss the major categories of psychiatric drugs, present strategies for their therapeutic use, and discuss meta-analyses of clinical and scientific studies. Concluding chapters address anxiety disorders and special populations. Each chapter has user-friendly features such as highlighted/italicized text, tables, bulleted lists, and diagrams.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Howard M. Kravitz, DO, MPH (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: The second edition of this textbook on drug therapy for the management of mental disorders follows closely the format and organization of the first edition, published in 1993. The text is written by the same four authors, who have integrated their extensive research and clinical experience to produce a clinically oriented book grounded in literature-based evidence.
Purpose: The authors observe that in the four years since the first edition, the continued rapid development of new psychopharmacotherapies necessitated this update. As in the first edition, their goals were to organize the literature so that the readers could assimilate this mass of information and apply it to developing logical treatment strategies. The authors are credible experts who are adept at meeting their goals.
Audience: The book is directed toward physicians, both residents and practitioners, primarily in psychiatry and family medicine. Others who may appreciate the content offered by the authors include psychiatric nurses, psychologists, social workers, and other mental health professionals who are involved with patients taking psychotropic medications. I might add that general internists and neurologists also may find this a useful reference text.
Features: The layout of this new edition is a strength. The print appears larger, key sentences within paragraphs are bolded more often, and there seems to be more liberal use of bullets to highlight major points. Tables and charts summarize groups of studies in "box score" fashion, show dose regimens and side effects, and present other useful facts at a glance. Line figures illustrate pharmacokinetics and relapse rates. For the most part, these tables, charts, and figures enhance the readability. Except for figure 10.1, the authors did well to replace the awful appearing black-background figures. The authors attempted to diagram therapeutic recommendations as treatment algorithms; this venture was less successful. These roadmaps tend to be a bit too busy and overinclusive to be very informative.
Assessment: This remains a solid textbook on psychopharmacotherapeutics, now expanded by more than 100 pages and modified for DSM-IV. If you are watching your pennies, you may not need to purchase a new edition. The authors have been publishing updates covering the new agents, particularly antidepressants and antipsychotics. If the price is right, these updates might suffice for those who own the first edition. Also, some chapters in the second edition were revised more in form than substance. However, libraries need to be up-to-date and should have the newer edition, which incorporates all that was useful in the first edition. For the intended physician audience, residents and busy practitioners, this is a usable text. In a market that is glutted with psychopharmacology texts, both clinical and laboratory-based, this one may have its niche, which the authors hope to maintain by keeping current.
Howard M. Kravitz
The second edition of this textbook on drug therapy for the management of mental disorders follows closely the format and organization of the first edition, published in 1993. The text is written by the same four authors, who have integrated their extensive research and clinical experience to produce a clinically oriented book grounded in literature-based evidence. The authors observe that in the four years since the first edition, the continued rapid development of new psychopharmacotherapies necessitated this update. As in the first edition, their goals were to organize the literature so that the readers could assimilate this mass of information and apply it to developing logical treatment strategies. The authors are credible experts who are adept at meeting their goals. The book is directed toward physicians, both residents and practitioners, primarily in psychiatry and family medicine. Others who may appreciate the content offered by the authors include psychiatric nurses, psychologists, social workers, and other mental health professionals who are involved with patients taking psychotropic medications. I might add that general internists and neurologists also may find this a useful reference text. The layout of this new edition is a strength. The print appears larger, key sentences within paragraphs are bolded more often, and there seems to be more liberal use of bullets to highlight major points. Tables and charts summarize groups of studies in ""box score"" fashion, show dose regimens and side effects, and present other useful facts at a glance. Line figures illustrate pharmacokinetics and relapse rates. For the most part, these tables, charts, and figures enhance thereadability. Except for figure 10.1, the authors did well to replace the awful appearing black-background figures. The authors attempted to diagram therapeutic recommendations as treatment algorithms; this venture was less successful. These roadmaps tend to be a bit too busy and overinclusive to be very informative. This remains a solid textbook on psychopharmacotherapeutics, now expanded by more than 100 pages and modified for DSM-IV. If you are watching your pennies, you may not need to purchase a new edition. The authors have been publishing updates covering the new agents, particularly antidepressants and antipsychotics. If the price is right, these updates might suffice for those who own the first edition. Also, some chapters in the second edition were revised more in form than substance. However, libraries need to be up-to-date and should have the newer edition, which incorporates all that was useful in the first edition. For the intended physician audience, residents and busy practitioners, this is a usable text. In a market that is glutted with psychopharmacology texts, both clinical and laboratory-based, this one may have its niche, which the authors hope to maintain by keeping current.
Booknews
A guide for residents, practitioners, and nurses in psychiatry and family practice; psychologists; social workers; and other mental health professionals involved with patients taking psychotropic medications. Summarizes the current understanding of the principles and practices of drug therapies integrated into the overall management of the mentally ill. Updated from the 1993 edition to include several new drugs and strategies that are more precisely targeted and cause fewer and milder adverse affects, and the rapid growth in the database that must be consulted and applied to specific cases. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Conceived and written by four authors, each a professor of psychiatry, and in combination bringing some 100 years of research and clinical experience to the task, this volume provides a clinical logic that incorporates contemporary knowledge about drug therapies into the overall management of the mentally ill. Among its other features, the work is characterized by a comprehensive summarization of the literature (some 2,000 references, most since 1985), and by the development of treatment strategies based on the best scientific data available as well as the authors' combined clinical experience. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780683302660
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 719

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface to the First Edition
Preface
1 General Principles
2 Assessment of Drug Efficacy and Relevant Clinical Issues
3 Pharmacokinetics
4 Indications for Antipsychotics
5 Treatment with Antipsychotics
6 Indications for Antidepressants
7 Treatment with Antidepressants
8 Treatment with Electroconvulsive Therapy and Other Somatic Therapies
9 Indications for Mood Stabilizers
10 Treatment with Mood Stabilizers
11 Indications for Antianxiety and Sedative-Hypnotic Agents
12 Treatment with Antianxiety and Sedative-Hypnotic Agents
13 Assessment and Treatment of Other Disorders
14 Assessment and Treatment of Special Populations
Appendices
Subject Index
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