Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applications / Edition 4

Paperback (Print)
Rent from
(Save 72%)
Est. Return Date: 09/22/2014
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $72.98
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 26%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (18) from $72.98   
  • New (12) from $72.98   
  • Used (6) from $74.86   


With this fully revised fourth edition, Dr Stahl returns to the essential roots of what it means to become a neurobiologically empowered psychopharmacologist, expertly guided in the selection and combination of treatments for individual patients in practice. Embracing the unifying themes of 'symptom endophenotypes', dimensions of psychopathology that cut across syndromes, and 'symptoms and circuits', every aspect of the text has been updated to the frontiers of current knowledge, with the clarity of explanation and illustration that only Dr Stahl can bring. Integrating much of the basic neuroscience into the clinical chapters, and with major additions in the areas of psychosis, antipsychotics, antidepressants, impulsivity, compulsivity and addiction, this is the single most readily readable source of information on disease and drug mechanisms. This remains the essential text for all students and professionals in mental health seeking to understand and utilize current therapeutics, and to anticipate the future for novel medications.

The book contains color illustrations.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"And this fourth edition has surpassed the previous editions in its ability to brilliantly educate readers on the neuropsychiatric basis of and treatments for mental disorders. The graphics and icons bring the text to life and make it especially relatable to clinical practice. If I were to buy only one book to teach me the neuropsychiatric foundations and treatment of psychiatric disorders, this would be it." Bradley R Cutler, MD Edward Hospital and Health Services, Naperville Used with permission of Doody's Review Service
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Bradley R. Cutler, MD (Edward Hospital and Health Services)
Description: This is the fourth edition of a reader-friendly book on the fundamentals of psychopharmacology. The previous edition was published in 2008.
Purpose: The aim is to educate readers about the neuropsychiatric foundation of mental disorders and pharmacologic treatments.
Audience: It is targeted at prescribers specializing in psychiatry.
Features: Throughout the book, two basic themes are emphasized: symptom endophenotypes and symptoms and circuits. Symptom endophenotypes are dimensions of psychopathology that cut across numerous syndromes. Impulsivity and/or compulsivity, for example, are found in many psychiatric disorders all throughout the DSM. Symptoms and circuits focus on psychiatric symptoms and pharmacological treatments. Each chapter integrates these two themes, educating readers to become neurobiologically-minded psychiatrists. Like the previous editions, this book is presented in a readable format that applies programmed learning; that is, the chapters emphasize repetition and interaction with the goal of improving retention. Also like previous editions, graphics and icons appear throughout the book, on nearly every page. There are many changes as well. This edition has a large page size that uses two columns, rather than the smaller page size and single column format. Unlike previous editions, this one also integrates much of the basic neurosciences into the clinical chapters, reducing redundancy and decreasing the size of the book. The chapters have also been revised and updated, particularly the chapters on antipsychotics and impulsivity, compulsivity, and addiction. Selected readings and references are placed at the end of the book.
Assessment: During my four years of training as a psychiatric resident, I was inundated with hundreds of books and journals to help me become as knowledgeable as possible in psychiatry. Now that I have completed my training, I can look back and see that only a handful of books were invaluable for my education — Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology is one of them. And this fourth edition has surpassed the previous editions in its ability to brilliantly educate readers on the neuropsychiatric basis of and treatments for mental disorders. The graphics and icons bring the text to life and make it especially relatable to clinical practice. If I were to buy only one book to teach me the neuropsychiatric foundations and treatment of psychiatric disorders, this would be it.
Nishad J. Nadkarni
The author of this magnificent work takes a pedagogical, highly understandable approach to the area of psychopharmacology—from the level of basic biochemistry and receptor action through practical clinical applications of all major classes of psychotropic compounds. This text is written with the ambitious goal of making the complicated field of psychopharmacology accessible, on both the theoretical and ""everyday"" levels, to the practicing clinician. Towards this goal the author succeeds admirably. The author seeks to reach the audience of prescribing mental health professionals with a medical background who seek a basic and clinical level understanding of the medications that they recommend to their patients. Numerous unique features contribute to the author's goal. First, the liberal use of highly schematic color diagrams in each chapter adds to understanding of such concepts as receptor action, timing of drug effects and clinical outcomes. These diagrams are structured in what initially appears to be an oversimplified, ""cartoon"" form. However, upon further examination it is apparent these illustrations are highly effective in elucidating highly complex material. As well, a pure pedagogical approach with questions and answers at the end allows readers to test themselves on the material presented to ensure maximal retention of key concepts. Finally, while not written at the highly advanced level of the ""bench"" researcher in psychopharmacology, as clearly explained by the author, this text nevertheless is the basis of further inquiry since the author includes a fairly complete bibliography for further reading. This book is a bedrock for basic understanding of the complexand fast moving field of psychopharmacology, and should be a part of every prescribing clinician's library. It is highly recommended and will be useful in many contexts.

4 Stars! from Doody
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781107686465
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 616
  • Sales rank: 120,240
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen M. Stahl is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, USA and Honorary Visiting Senior Fellow in Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge, UK. He has conducted various research projects awarded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Veterans Administration and the pharmaceutical industry. Author of more than 350 articles and chapters, Dr Stahl is the author of the bestsellers Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology and The Prescriber's Guide.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Preface to the fourth edition; CME information; 1. Chemical neurotransmission; 2. Transporters, receptors and enzymes as targets of psychopharmacological drug action; 3. Ion channels as targets of psychopharmacological drug action; 4. Psychosis and schizophrenia; 5. Antipsychotic agents; 6. Mood disorders; 7. Antidepressants; 8. Mood stabilizers; 9. Anxiety disorders and anxiolytics; 10. Chronic pain and its treatment; 11. Disorders of sleep and wakefulness and their treatment; 12. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and its treatment; 13. Dementia and its treatment; 14. Impulsivity, compulsivity and addiction; Suggested reading and selected references; Index.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 8 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 6 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2006

    A Major Hit!!

    Dr. Stahl's book 'Essential Psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and practical Applications' is a fantastic book! It is lucid, simple, jargon free with fabulous illustrations. The simplicity and the clarity of his style are brilliant! He is one of the few psychiatrists that appear to have a considerable grasp on neuroscience and understands more that the prescription pad and the five minutes drive-by visit that psychiatrists provide to their patients. That in return has rendered their field into a pit-stop for drive-by prescriptions. I only hope that Dr. Stahl is truly independent of the pharmaceutical companies and is not influenced by their erratic studies and corrupt system. Unfortunately, most psychiatrists do not keep up with the latest developments in the field as Dr. Stahl appears to do. They have abandoned psychotherapy, and have become compliant agents of the pharmaceutical companies in order to make a good living. This type of ethics has converted them into an extinct dinosaurs drowning into an eroding profession. Kudos to Dr. Stahl on a marvelous book!!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2001

    Highly Informative, Clear, Technical

    I was recently writing a paper on the side-effects of ADs for an undergraduate honors class, and throughout my mining of the journals, I constantly found myself referencing this book for clarification and guidance. The author could not have presented the information in a clearer fashion, providing, easily, the most comprehensive and thorough book on general psychopharmacology that I found while doing my research. If you're looking for an understanding of the pharmacology of these things which are quickly becoming our social saviors, I highly recommend this clear and concise, yet highly informative and technical guide.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2001

    Essential Psychopharmacology For Beginners

    As a practicing school psychologist, I often work with children who are taking psychotropic medications for a myriad of problems ranging from attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to schizophrenia. Essential Psychopharmacology provides an indispensible guide to understanding the neurological basis of psychiatric disorders and the mechanism of action of those psychotropic drugs used to treat these disorders. The color graphics are not only well done; they greatly enhance the learning process of the reader. Text is very readable and informative. Also alerts reader to possible dangerous drug interactions. Self-assessment tests are also included and may be taken, if desired, for continuing medical education (CME) credits. Stahl has provided the reader with an excellent introduction to psychoparmacology.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 6 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)