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This is a book primarily for psychiatrists who are especially interested in and have more than a rudimentary knowledge of psychopharmacotherapy. In addition to these prerequisites, to fully appreciate the wealth of material in this comprehensive review, its reader must be trilingual or at least able to read French, German, and English. Of the 18 chapters, ten are in German, three in French, and five in English. There is an English summary at the end of each chapter, but these are very brief and do not provide much information. Hence, this book will be of little value to any one who cannot read German and French.
Although this book is comprehensive—it covers all the psychoactive drugs, LSD, electroshock therapy, psychopharmacology, the design of clinical trials, rating scales, pharmacogenetics, the use of psychopharmaceuticals in children and adults, and the side effects of these drugs—it is superficial in parts. The coverage of
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