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January 27, 1975

Drug Treatment in Psychiatry

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International Drug Therapy Newsletter Baltimore

JAMA. 1975;231(4):420. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03240160082045

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In the past decade, physicians have had made available to them a rash of books on the psychopharmaceuticals and their uses in the treatment of mental and emotional disorders. This latest addition to the list of these volumes is coauthored by a British psychiatrist and a clinical pharmacologist. They have written this book as an introduction to the use of psychoactive drugs in psychiatry, and have directed it toward medical students, psychiatrists in training, general practitioners, and others not familiar with this subject.

The first portion includes a historical introduction to psychopharmacotherapy, a review of the pharmacology of central nervous system transmission, a discussion of methods of studying behavioral effects of drugs, and a section on the social and psychological aspects of drug taking and drug abuse. The second and larger portion is devoted to the clinical use of psychoactive drugs in the treatment of schizophrenia, affective disorders, anxiety states,