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August 12, 1983

Critical Problems in Psychiatry

Author Affiliations

St Louis University School of Medicine

JAMA. 1983;250(6):830-831. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340060096044

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This new volume, edited by Drs Cavenar and Brodie from Duke University, has a very broad scope. It contains 21 chapters and the contributions of 35 different authors, many of whom are among the most prominent in their respective areas of expertise within the psychiatric and psychoanalytic field.

The focus of this book is on the various contributors' views of unsolved and controversial issues in the field of psychiatric medicine. Because of its broad scope, a brief overview of its contents may be helpful for an idea of its format and purpose.

The book is divided into four parts. The first, "Psychiatry and Medication," contains a chapter each on "Movement Disorders Secondary to Psychotropic Medication," "Antianxiety Medications," "Lithium: Toward a Resolution of Clinical and Basic Science Rules Issues," "Biological Treatments," and "Antidepressant Medications." The discussions go beyond the basics of indications and clinical use to emphasize finer points and recent