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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Philip G. Janicak, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: In this textbook the use of drug treatment algorithms for the most commonly encountered psychiatric disorders is considered.
Purpose: The editors state in the preface that the purpose is to bring together the "state of the science and art" of psychopharmacologic treatment. This is an area of great interest and is critical to the development of an evidence-based approach to drug therapy of psychiatric disorders.
Audience: Psychiatric practitioners, academicians, and other mental heath specialists who work with psychiatric patients taking psychotropic drugs will be interested in this book, although some discussions such as the Language of Algorithms, may be less clinically relevant. The first editor is an internationally recognized expert in clinical psychopharmacology research and practice.
Features: Treatment algorithms are considered from several perspectives, including the European view; definitions of important terminology; the clinical value of algorithms; and their application in the treatment of the most frequently encountered psychiatric disorders. The book is well designed, and easy readability and consistency of diagrams two of its more important features.
Assessment: To my knowledge, this is the first comprehensive review of this area. The editors bring together in one readable source the major principles and various approaches utilized in the development of drug-treatment algorithm/guidelines. This is consonant with the recent emphasis on an evidence-based approach to the treatment of psychiatric disorders.