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July 16, 1982

Primer of Clinical Psychopharmacology: A Practical Guide

Author Affiliations

Albert Einstein College of Medicine Bronx, NY

JAMA. 1982;248(3):375. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330030073047

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Over the last 30 years, we have entered a period in which psychopharmacologic agents have played an ever-increasing role in the treatment of psychiatric disorders, which has led to the development of a field of psychopharmacology of staggering complexity. If one also takes into account that more than 200 million psychopharmacologic prescriptions a year are written by physicians, one can easily recognize the importance of promoting general competence and knowledge among practitioners. One can also anticipate a dynamic growth in the field, especially from the fact that many of the substantive advances in the treatment of mental disorders will be coming from psychopharmacology. This advancement will be coupled by the massive production of pharmacologic agents as well as numerous books on the subject. The proliferation of both the drugs themselves along with the literature about them potentially creates a source of great confusion for the practitioner.

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