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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (University of Arizona Health Sciences Center)
Description: This massive work incorporates the latest research regarding virtually every major medication (and ECT) used for the treatment of patients with mental illness and provides a context for pharmaceutical intervention.
Purpose: Meant to update previous versions of this text, this book has added useful information, new authors, and new chapters to ensure its readers remain knowledgeable and current in their understanding of psychopharmacologic treatment.
Audience: Though potentially useful for those outside the field of psychiatry, this work is directed primarily at those involved in the daily use of psychiatric medications for the treatment of patients with mental health disorders.
Features: Divided into five sections, this book addresses items such as the theoretical background for medications, specific information about prescribing, the biological basis for some major psychiatric disorders, state-of-the-art treatment approaches for special patient populations, and ethical considerations regarding prescribing and researching psychiatric medications. Numerous charts, tables, and figures illustrate pertinent information, and each chapter ends with an exhaustive list of current references.
Assessment: This book is laid out well, easy to use and reference, and stylistically pleasing. The information is comprehensive, practical, and useful, and its chapters are meticulously researched and referenced. Access to the online version of the book, which is available with the purchase of this edition, makes it easier and much more practical to use as a reference. Though the amount of information can seem daunting, the authors and editors are efficient at limiting it to the evidence-based essentials. It deserves a place of prominence in any office or clinic.