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Book and Media Reviews
June 20, 2007

Clinical Manual of Geriatric Psychopharmacology

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Fishbein Fellow.

JAMA. 2007;297(23):2641-2645. doi:10.1001/jama.297.23.2644

The authors of this manual have created a text that is easy to use and that is comprehensive to geriatric psychopharmacology while having broad applications to general adult psychopharmacology. I enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone whose clinical practice includes geriatric patients, to all adult psychiatrists and psychiatric residents, and to others who wish to expand their library with useful references.

The manual is thorough and up-to-date enough to include very recently approved medications. This is a thoughtfully constructed book with many useful tables and other supplemental material that accompanies a very readable text. The size of this 821-page reference text obviously precludes it from residing in the pocket of a laboratory coat. The index alone covers nearly 150 pages. Nevertheless, this is a text at a reasonable cost that you will want to keep handy for quick reference to many important topics.