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February 16, 1963

Tranquilizing and antidepressive drugs.

JAMA. 1963;183(7):623. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700070151038

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A short, accurate monograph on the tranquilizers and the antidepressives is welcome, for the major texts have difficulty in keeping up with the rapidly progressing field of psychopharmacology. The discussion of the classification of these drugs, their pharmacodynamics, the side effects, and the use of such drugs as the phenothiazine compounds, those of the Rauwolfia family, and the mono-amine oxidase inhibitors will complement the physician's concepts. The generalist may wish to know more about dosage and the student may hope for further ramification of the mechanisms of action. Nevertheless, this book will serve as a handy reference manual.

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