December 1983

The Practitioner's Guide to Psychoactive Drugs, ed 2

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New Orleans


edited by Ellen L. Bassuk, Stephen C. Schoonover, and Alan J. Gelenberg, in Topics in General Psychiatry Series, 421 pp, $27.50, New York, Plenum Publishing Corp, 1983.

Arch Intern Med. 1983;143(12):2237-2238. doi:10.1001/archinte.1983.00350120027004

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Without reservation, I can enthusiastically recommend this excellent book for residents in psychiatry, psychiatrists, and primary care physicians who wish to update their knowledge in clinical psychopharmacology. This is an updated version of a book published six years ago. The following new sections have been added to this edition because of the "rapid growth of knowledge in the field of psychopharmacology": geriatric psychopharmacology, temporal lobe epilepsy, and the use of psychotropic drugs during pregnancy and nursing. Importantly, the editors include the new psychopharmacologic agents that have been introduced since the first edition. Additionally, brief mentions are made of experimental, but as yet unproved, applications of some drugs or drug combinations.

While there are 12 chapters with nine contributors, six of the 12 chapters were written either by Schoonover or Gelenberg. The editors should be commended for their skillful job of creating a book that reads like a novel, enabling the

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