edited by Alan F. Schatzberg and Charles B. Nemeroff, 896 pp, $100, ISBN 0-88048-389-X, Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Press, 1995.
The American Psychiatric Press is owned by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), which has approximately 40 000 members and is a major publisher in the field of psychiatry. Its recent publication, DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition) has realized more than $30 million to this point.
The American Psychiatric Press Textbook of Psychopharmacology has four sections: principles of psychopharmacology (6 chapters), classes of psychiatric drugs (15 chapters), clinical psychobiology and psychiatric syndromes (6 chapters), and psychopharmacological treatment (14 chapters). It took the reviewers some time to understand the logic of these divisions. Sections 2 and 4 cover areas of psychopharmacology that are more relevant to the practicing psychiatrist, whereas sections 1 and 3 deal with basic science and biological psychiatry.
Each chapter in section 2 begins with a concise and thoughtful introduction to the history and discovery of the class of drug in question. Next is
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