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December 12, 1977

Chemotherapy in Psychiatry

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Baltimore

 

by Ross J. Baldessarini, 201 pp, with illus, $9.95, Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1977.

JAMA. 1977;238(24):2642-2643. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280250068036

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Abstract

The author of this lucid and compact monograph is an academician, a clinician, a researcher, and a gifted teacher and writer who for years has been conducting successful seminars in psychopharmacology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has used his many talents and critical judgment to produce this pragmatic, authoritative guide to the safe, effective, and economical prescription of antipsychotic, antimanic, antidepressant, and antianxiety drugs. Each group of these medicines is briefly but amply covered in separate chapters. In addition, there is an excellent exposition on psychopharmacotherapy for children and the elderly.

This is a book for clinicians by a colleague who believes "effective psychiatric chemotherapy requires more than recognition of a syndrome and selection of an appropriate agent and dose" and that "personal sensitivity and effective application of more traditional psychological and social aspects of psychiatric care are still required." In this distillate of his encyclopedic knowledge of psychopharmacotherapy, he

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