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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is an interesting new book that evolved from an international conference in 2004, Crossing Boundaries: Implications of Advances in Basic Sciences for the Management of Addiction. Written and edited by a group of internationally recognized addiction researchers, this book serves as a guide to bringing basic science knowledge to patient care.
Purpose: The purpose of the book, according to the editors "is to provide a needed link between advances in addiction science and innovations in clinical practice." The editors note that presently, even though there are now a number of adjunctive pharmacotherapies for addiction, many practitioners tend not use them and feel they are ineffective, in spite of evidence of efficacy. The editors hope to educate clinicians and show the utility of bringing basic science advances to the bedside.
Audience: The intended audience includes clinicians who treat patients with substance-related disorders.
Features: The first of the book's five sections deals with the basic neurobiology and genetics related to addictions. Pharmacotherapy is the focus of the second section with interesting chapters on plasticity, agonist treatments, and neuromodulation. Addiction is also related to social cognition, context, and motivational systems, and section three details the research findings on craving, impulse control, and affect. Addiction and social justice are related issues and section four summarizes public policies, ethical issues and practices related to intervention. The final section and chapter provides an overview of the processes involved in translating basic science to clinical practice as well as alternative pathways for improved diagnosis and treatment of these all too common disorders. Each chapter ends with relevant and timely references of the scientific literature.
Assessment: This is an excellent book that will help clinicians synthesize basic science information for application to improved clinical care of patients. I highly recommend it.