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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Easton, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: An excerpt from Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology, 3rd edition (Cambridge University Press, 2008), that uses Dr. Stahl's innovative educational style, this book reviews a variety of neurobiological theories for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Its unique combination of visual and didactic teaching help makes complicated psychopharmacology concepts easy to master.
Purpose: The intent is to present the fundamentals of neurobiology and treatment in a simplified and easy to read form.
Audience: Any students interested in the psychopharmacological treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are the intended audience. This book will be useful for medical students, residents, physicians, and general psychiatrists. It can even be useful for psychopharmacologists, helping them in their teaching endeavors.
Features: The book provides condensed overviews of the symptoms, genetics, and neurobiology of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It then reviews pharmacological treatments, the mechanism of action, agents available in the U.S. and abroad, and medications presently in development.
Assessment: This is an excellent overview of the various agents used for patients with these disorders. For those who do not want to purchase the larger textbook, this is a worthwhile acquisition. It is not meant to be a reference.