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Psychopharmacology and Women: Sex, Gender, and Hormones
     

Psychopharmacology and Women: Sex, Gender, and Hormones

by Margaret F. Jensvold (Editor), Uriel Halbreich (Editor), Jean A. Hamilton (Editor)
 
Psychopharmacology and Women: Sex, Gender, and Hormones brings together in one volume much of the information currently available on sex-related factors in psychopharmacoly. Chapters by recognized leaders in the field cover topics such as basic pharmacokinetic mechanisms of psychotropics in women, associations among endogenous hormones and neurotransmitters,

Overview

Psychopharmacology and Women: Sex, Gender, and Hormones brings together in one volume much of the information currently available on sex-related factors in psychopharmacoly. Chapters by recognized leaders in the field cover topics such as basic pharmacokinetic mechanisms of psychotropics in women, associations among endogenous hormones and neurotransmitters, interactions of psychotropics with exogenous sex steroid hormones, and psychopharmacological considerations relating to the menstrual cycle, pregnancy and lactation, and menopause.

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Reviewer: Katherine A. Tracy, MD, PhD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This a long-needed book examining much of the literature on gender-related factors in psychopharmacology, focusing almost entirely on women.
Purpose: Because research and clinical practice have often neglected sex differences in psychopharmacology, the purpose is to amass much of the available literature addressing this issue. Various experts in the field contribute toward fulfilling this objective. The editors subdivide this expansive topic into four sections examining psychopharmacology and the following: (1) gender differences; (2) life-cycle related changes, including the menstrual cycle, the puerperium, and the menopause; (3) psychopathology; and (4) considerations for clinical practice and future research.
Audience: Clinicians, medical educators, medical students, and researchers with interests in psychopharmacology and psychopathology should find this volume useful. Obstetricians and gynecologists should also benefit from the material reviewed.
Features: There are sufficient tables and figures and an extensive compilation of references at the end of the book. A few of the chapters have useful appendixes with topic specific references. The table of contents and index are adequate. A glossary is also included.
Assessment: This is a comprehensive volume reviewing much of the literature on issues important in the psychopharmacology of women. It brings together in one book diverse topics such as basic pharmacology, neuroanatomy, reproductive endocrinology, menstrual-related changes through the life cycle, and various psychopathologies. The authors make recommendations useful to the clinician in the treatment of women, and they suggest research directions important for enhancing the understanding of the use of psychotropic medications in women.
3 Stars from Doody
Katherine A. Tracy
This a long-needed book examining much of the literature on gender-related factors in psychopharmacology, focusing almost entirely on women. Because research and clinical practice have often neglected sex differences in psychopharmacology, the purpose is to amass much of the available literature addressing this issue. Various experts in the field contribute toward fulfilling this objective. The editors subdivide this expansive topic into four sections examining psychopharmacology and the following: (1) gender differences; (2) life-cycle related changes, including the menstrual cycle, the puerperium, and the menopause; (3) psychopathology; and (4) considerations for clinical practice and future research. Clinicians, medical educators, medical students, and researchers with interests in psychopharmacology and psychopathology should find this volume useful. Obstetricians and gynecologists should also benefit from the material reviewed. There are sufficient tables and figures and an extensive compilation of references at the end of the book. A few of the chapters have useful appendixes with topic specific references. The table of contents and index are adequate. A glossary is also included. This is a comprehensive volume reviewing much of the literature on issues important in the psychopharmacology of women. It brings together in one book diverse topics such as basic pharmacology, neuroanatomy, reproductive endocrinology, menstrual-related changes through the life cycle, and various psychopathologies. The authors make recommendations useful to the clinician in the treatment of women, and they suggest research directions important for enhancing the understanding of the use ofpsychotropic medications in women.
Booknews
The neglect of drug researchers to consider sex differences in their studies has become a major controversy in all medical fields including psychopharmacology. The 26 contributors to this collection address some of the concerns surrounding the basic pharmacokinetic mechanisms of psychotropics in women, including hormonal factors and neurotransmitters. Several discussions focus on women in the stages of the reproductive life, and also on how sex differences may affect manifestations of schizophrenia or anxiety disorders. The authors point to where research lags behind need, suggesting innovative strategies for testing that take into account ovulatory factors and more political maneuvers to promote gender sensitive research. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780880485456
Publisher:
American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/1996
Pages:
599
Product dimensions:
6.37(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.54(d)

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