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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Katherine A. Tracy, MD, PhD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This a long-needed book examining much of the literature on gender-related factors in psychopharmacology, focusing almost entirely on women.
Purpose: Because research and clinical practice have often neglected sex differences in psychopharmacology, the purpose is to amass much of the available literature addressing this issue. Various experts in the field contribute toward fulfilling this objective. The editors subdivide this expansive topic into four sections examining psychopharmacology and the following: (1) gender differences; (2) life-cycle related changes, including the menstrual cycle, the puerperium, and the menopause; (3) psychopathology; and (4) considerations for clinical practice and future research.
Audience: Clinicians, medical educators, medical students, and researchers with interests in psychopharmacology and psychopathology should find this volume useful. Obstetricians and gynecologists should also benefit from the material reviewed.
Features: There are sufficient tables and figures and an extensive compilation of references at the end of the book. A few of the chapters have useful appendixes with topic specific references. The table of contents and index are adequate. A glossary is also included.
Assessment: This is a comprehensive volume reviewing much of the literature on issues important in the psychopharmacology of women. It brings together in one book diverse topics such as basic pharmacology, neuroanatomy, reproductive endocrinology, menstrual-related changes through the life cycle, and various psychopathologies. The authors make recommendations useful to the clinician in the treatment of women, and they suggest research directions important for enhancing the understanding of the use of psychotropic medications in women.