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October 1961

Somatic Treatments in Psychiatry.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1961;5(4):418-419. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1961.01710160098012

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This is really a third edition of the authors' previous volume Shock Treatments, Psychosurgery and Other Somatic Treatments in Psychiatry, last published in 1952. They consider this a new book because it opens with a new section of 118 pages devoted to pharmacotherapy. This runs the gamut of the phenothiazines, Rauwolfia alkaloids, other nonbarbituate tranquilizers, psychoanaleptic drugs, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, stimulant drugs, and psychomimetics. A useful table of generic names and trade names is spoiled by the fact that the trade names slipped down one space and do not correspond to the generic names of the phenothiazines and Rauwolfia alkaloids. However, this is more than compensated by an excellent encyclopedic summary of the literature on each drug, which includes the chemistry, physiological and pharmacological properties, clinical effects, psychological effects, dosage, indications, contraindications, side-effects, and complications. The latter should be carefully studied because the side-effects are

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