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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Raj Tummala, MD (Wyeth Pharmaceuticals)
Description: This is a comprehensive resource to help nonprescribing mental health professionals understand the concepts of psychopharmacology and be aware of the various psychotropic options available for their patients.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive, easy to read reference of psychopharmacology for the nonprescribing clinician or anyone looking for an understanding of the practice of psychopharmacology.
Audience: The book is targeted at anyone dealing with psychiatric illness such as social workers, counselors, therapists, or patients themselves who are trying to gain an understanding of psychopharmacology.
Features: In a healthcare model where pharmacotherapy is split from psychotherapy, and where nonprescribing clinicians are possible gatekeepers, this book is a very practical, easy to read review of clinical psychopharmacology answering the questions of "what, why, how and when" for nonprescribing clinicians of psychiatric patients. Starting with a good introduction to the fundamentals of pharmacology and nervous system, the authors lay the foundation for the different disease states. All of the major psychiatric disease states are discussed, including traumatic brain injury and personality disorders. Each disease state is covered in detail with diagnostic issues, disease evaluation, differential diagnosis, prevalence and course, and the relevant pharmacological treatment. Of special interest are the sections on the medical causes of psychiatric illness. The pharmacological treatment is dealt with from both a historical perspective and the current outlook. Each drug or class of drugs is laid out in a simple and consistent format with the common indications and side effects. Treatment during the course of the illness with augmentation and switching strategies are spelled out enable the nonprescribing clinician to understand when a patient is to be referred to a physician. While information is evidence-based, the mix of personal clinical experience by the authors adds distinction to the book. Information is presented in tables and each chapter is rounded out with a section on additional readings.
Assessment: The authors clearly answer the "what, why, how and when" of psychopharmacology for the nonprescribing clinician.