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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Easton, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book details the state of the science and practice of addiction medicine. After an initial section on basic science, the majority of the book focuses on clinical aspects.
Purpose: This comprehensive reference provides updated information on our understanding of addictive disorders. This fourth edition has been substantially reorganized, revised, and augmented to cover an ever-expanding body of knowledge.
Audience: This excellent overview of the specialty of addiction medicine is meant as a reference for all healthcare professionals directly or indirectly involved in the clinical care of this population.
Features: Each of the book's 14 sections is organized by senior editors who are well known experts in their areas. The first section on basic science is followed by sections reviewing pharmacology (opiates, stimulants, caffeine, nicotine, cannabinoids, hallucinogens and designer drugs, dissociatives, inhalants, and steroids); diagnosis and intervention (including special populations, emergency rooms, geriatrics and laboratory testing); management of withdrawal; psychosocial, behavioral, and pharmacological treatments (for alcohol, opioids, stimulants and nicotine); and self help groups. The book then turns to topics such as medical problems caused by alcohol and drugs and co-occurring psychiatric disorders, addiction and pain, children and adolescents, and ends with ethical, legal, and liability issues in addiction practice.
Assessment: This is a thorough reference in addiction medicine dealing primarily with clinical aspects of these disorders. Each section is comprehensive and provides extensive references if readers want more detailed information.