Description: This is the eighth edition of a book describing the mechanisms of action, indications, and side effects of psychotropic medications. The book also offers a good discussion of drugs of abuse.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to provide pharmacological information in a clear and concise manner. The book successfully meets its objective of providing relevant information in plain English.
Audience: Intended mainly for non-physicians, such as psychologists, psychotherapists and counselors, this is also a useful book for residents and medical students.
Features: Certain chapters are well illustrated, more so than others. However, it would be nice to have more tables for a quick reference. References in the book are pertinent and up-to-date. What makes this book stand out from others is its presentation of a complex subject, particularly the discussion of the mechanisms of action of medications and drugs of abuse, in a very readable format and language.
Assessment: This book is a good introduction to psychopharmacology and drugs of abuse, including alcohol. It is very useful for professionals in allied health sciences. The book can also be a good quick reference for the busy physician if more tables can be added to supplement the text. The space for these tables can be created by getting rid of Appendixes I and II, which I feel do not belong in this book.