June 13, 1959

Psychopharmacology Frontiers: Second International Congress of Psychiatry, Proceedings of the Psychopharmacology Symposium, [held in Zurich, Switzerland on September 2-4, 1957]

JAMA. 1959;170(7):884. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010070124029

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The publication of symposiums provides the interested reader with information which could not be obtained from a single author. This book contains the views of the world's leading authorities in the field of effective drug therapy in mental disease. The chapters are short, concise, and contain a minimum but necessary amount of statistical data. The large number of chapters results in a moderate amount of repetition, but this is an indication of general agreement. The progressive trend toward the pharmacological management of disturbed patients and away from the more traumatic methods used in the past should prove encouraging to the reader. The values of available drugs are described, as well as their limitations. An important contribution is the graphic description of the multitude of toxic reactions and side-effects that may occur with the clinical use of the phenothiazine and reserpinelike derivatives. Chapters on postulated modes of action of the drugs

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