December 10, 1982

Drugs and Behavior

Author Affiliations

University of Illinois College of Medicine Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center of Rock Island and Mercer Counties Rock Island


by Fred Leavitt (Wiley Series on Personality Processes, Irving B. Weiner, ed), 515 pp, with illus, $39.95, New York, John Wiley & Sons Inc, 1982.

JAMA. 1982;248(22):3035-3036. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330220075051

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This is a fascinating book with a wealth of interesting and useful information. It brings to life the pharmacology of psychoactive drugs in a way that is meaningful to every practicing physician, regardless of style or type of practice. It also is the sort of book that should be on everyone's reading list of basic texts and standard reference works.

Professor Fred Leavitt, the author, has searched the literature thoroughly to augment his own considerable knowledge in the field. Presenting pharmacological facts behaviorally adds greatly to the readability and relevance of a subject ordinarily viewed as dull and esoteric by many clinicians. The organization of topics is logical and lucid, and there is something of immediate interest and importance on every page. This book is almost encyclopedic in its scope, but it also has the added virtue of cohesiveness and brevity.

Psychopharmacology is a rapidly changing and often confusing field.