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From The CriticsReviewer: Michael Easton, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a compilation of presentations and discussions given at the Understanding Nicotine and Tobacco Addiction symposium in London in 2005.
Purpose: The symposium set out to deal with the problems involved in understanding and treating nicotine and tobacco addiction. The presenters are all experts in their field.
Audience: The authors intend this book for psychologists and psychiatrists working on addiction, especially nicotine. The authors feel it will also be of interest to neuroscientists, pharmacologists, biochemists, molecular biologists, and public health officials. It is a highly technical book that is research oriented and less applicable for clinicians.
Features: The presentations address epidemiology, public health issues of nicotine use, and treatment issues (mostly looking at the shortcomings of presently available pharmacotherapy). The majority of the presentations review the pharmacology and neurobiology of nicotine as well as genetics and susceptibility to addiction to nicotine as well as animal models for nicotine dependence.
Assessment: The majority of topics are highly technical, revolving around nicotine neuropharmacology and addiction models. It is an excellent resource for individuals interested in this area. Although the authors try to take this information and apply it to treatment issues, the book is very technical and less relevant for the average clinician working in this area.