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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ozlem Dubauskas, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a handbook about psychiatric drugs.
Purpose: The purpose is to serve as an updated and time-saving informational source about psychiatric medications.
Audience: The audience is mainly psychiatrists, psychiatry residents, family practitioners, and primary care physicians, as well as medical students. The book can also be very useful for any clinician (including social workers and psychologists) who follows and need to understand the patient who is on psychotropic medications.
Features: Chapters are organized by drug classes. Each chapter is written by a different authority in that particular area. Individual chapters include subtitles about pharmacology, indications and contraindications, dosing, and drug interactions, as well as cost of medications in this class. The text is very easy to read and understand. Anticipated side effects and their management methods are described. Multiple figures illustrate the mechanism of action of a particular drug. Numerous tables enhance understanding of the material. The language is very easy to focus. The best point about the book is that it is easy to find the necessary information without going into details. For those who need more information, references for additional reading are provided at the end of each chapter. The book is small enough to carry in the pocket.
Assessment: This is an excellent handbook for every clinician who uses psychotropic drugs in practice. The book can be kept as a quick source of information either in the office or in the pocket. I highly recommend it.