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September 1959

Psychopharmacology: Problems in Evaluation.

AMA Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1959;1(3):347. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1959.03590030131017

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J. B. Cole and R. W. Gerard, Editors.

Proceedings of a Conference on the Evaluation of Pharmacotherapy in Mental Illness, sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council, and the American Psychiatric Association, Washington, D. C., Sept. 18-22, 1956. Publication 583. Price, not given. Pp. 662. National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council, Washington 25, D. C., 1959.

This volume summarizes the knowledge of psychopharmacology existing in 1956 under the following headings: I. General Review Papers; II. Preliminary Screening of Drugs; III. Patient Selection and Controls; IV. Test Conditions, and V. Evaluation. Each paper is thoroughly discussed, and at the final session published under the heading VI. Main Conference the overall reports of each of the five sections are discussed. The volume contains a wealth of material and should be carefully read by all persons concerned with any phase of psychopharmacology.

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