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July 19, 1971

An Introduction to Psychopharmacology

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Editor, International Drug Therapy Newsletter Baltimore

JAMA. 1971;217(3):345. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190030069031

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Some knowledge of psychopharmacology has become essential for every physician. To provide this a number of textbooks on this subject have been written. This particular book evolved from a seminar course in psychopharmacology in which most of the 12 authors participated. The editors hope that it "will find utility in the teaching of graduate students, medical students, residents in psychiatry, and others interested in preparing themselves to delve into this fascinating subject."

The first three chapters are devoted to a foundation review of some fundamentals of pharmacology and psychology, of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, and of some of the possible influences of psychotropic drugs on brain neurohumoral mechanisms. Then are discussed the role of the limbic system in the control of behavior and the way drugs may affect this brain area. This is followed by a review of the use of electrophysiological techniques to study drug effects in the nervous system,