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August 4, 1969

Diagnosis and Drug Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders

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Editor, International Drug Therapy Newsletter Baltimore

JAMA. 1969;209(5):775. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03160180121024

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In the 17 years since modern pharmacotherapy for emotional and mental disorders was inaugurated by the advent of chlorpromazine and reserpine, there has been a phenomenal increase in psychoactive drugs. This has made it possible for all physicians—not just psychiatrists—to treat the psychiatrically ill, and has challenged the diagnostic acumen and the therapeutic skill of physicians, especially the nonpsychiatrists. Prescribing physicians have needed a book which would help them to distinguish between the various types of psychiatric illnesses, increase their knowledge of the psychoactive drugs, and enable them to master the art of psychopharmacotherapy. Drs. Klein and Davis, exceptionally well-qualified experts on the psychoactive drugs and their judicious use, have achieved their goal of satisfying this need.

The book is well-organized, clear, concise but comprehensive, and pragmatic. Anyone interested in improving his knowledge of psychoactive drugs and his skill in rationally prescribing these compounds will find here a wealth of