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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Joseph G. Fanelli, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This comprehensive textbook of psychopharmacology, encompassing basic sciences, drug classes, mechanisms of psychiatric illnesses, and treatment approaches is authored by both senior, well-established experts and senior-junior coauthor teams.
Purpose: The purpose is to present a comprehensive collection of information concerning past and present developments in the field of psychopharmacology and biological psychiatry, with clinical applicability to psychiatrists in training and in practice.
Audience: Intended primarily for psychiatrists and secondarily for psychiatry residents, the book appears best suited as a reference for general, community-based psychiatrists and primary care physicians and as a teaching tool for medical students and psychiatric residents.
Features: The book is somewhat excessively physically large, owing to type and margin sizes. It features generally current, pertinent reference citations, along with black-and-white figures and tables, well-executed, though lacking in quantity, given the nature of the text.
Assessment: This is a very useful book for general psychiatrists and psychiatric residents as well as for academic psychiatrists involved in education of these same individuals. Broad in scope, though somewhat superficial at times, the work has a large number of notable contributors. Continual rapid development and release of psychiatric drugs makes any text covering this area obsolete fairly quickly, but other areas covered allow for continued relevance. There are a number of similar, recently published books, but, because this is a publication of the American Psychiatric Association, it should be in bookstores and libraries.