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From The CriticsReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: Written and edited by internationally recognized clinician-researchers, this fourth edition retains, at least for me, the status of the gold standard of psychopharmacology textbooks.
Purpose: This edition "is an attempt to organize" the developments in psychopharmacology since the third edition "by reviewing, synthesizing, and then organizing this material into clinical therapeutic strategies. Indeed the editor and chapter authors have produced a scholarly, up to date, and very practical textbook in treating these complicated disorders.
Audience: The intended audience includes "residents in psychiatry and family practice as well as the general practitioners of these medical specialties; psychiatric nurses, psychologists, and social workers; and other mental health professionals who are involved with patients taking psychotropic medications.
Features: The book covers, in sufficient detail, all the important aspects of psychopharmacological practice, including the general principles of psychopharmacology, pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, assessment of efficacy, the indications and treatment for antipsychotic, antidepressants, electroconvulsive therapy and other device-based therapies, mood stabilizers, antianxiety and sedative agents, geriatric and pediatric psychopharmacology, and other special populations such as substance dependent patients, dementia, and delirium. What I especially like is that the editor "puts his nickel down" and provides the reader with stated conclusions regarding particular treatments based on clinical experience and evidence. Each chapter ends with relevant and timely references. The glossary is focused on pharmacologic terms. The index is quite detailed and helpful. The only suggestion I have is that financial disclosures of the chapter authors and editor should have been included, particularly in this era of the public mistrust of pharmaceutical research findings.
Assessment: This textbook remains an outstanding learning source for any clinician involved in the treatment of patients with mental illness. It should be required reading for all residents in psychiatry residency training programs.