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Book and Media Reviews
December 12, 2007

Handbook of Contemporary Neuropharmacology

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2007;298(22):2680-2686. doi:10.1001/jama.298.22.2682

Neuropharmacology is on the cutting edge of clinical neuroscience. Researchers have learned most of what they know about brain diseases, and in particular diseases that express themselves in psychological symptoms, by stumbling onto drugs that alleviate symptoms and then finding out what these drugs do to neurons and neurotransmitters. Still, researchers have just begun to tap the potential of neuropharmacology to both shed light on brain diseases and to find respective cures. Given the pertinence of neuropharmacology to clinicians, academic neuroscientists, and scientists involved in drug discovery—and the speed with which new information is accumulating—an authoritative, comprehensive, and current textbook reference seems like a good idea.