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April 1970

Clinical Psychopharmacology.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1970;22(4):381. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1970.01740280093017

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Shepherd, Lader, and Rodnight have produced an uncommonly good introduction to psychopharmacology, appropriate for medical students, interns, and residents. The first one third of the book details methods of investigating psychotropic drugs; the bulk of the book discusses succinctly the status of current psychotropic drugs; the final sections discuss basic biochemical effects of psychotropic drugs; and the authors' editorial comments on the scientific and moral requisites for programs in psychopharmacology research. An extensive bibliography offers the serious student an entree into the literature both wide in scope and generous in amount. My only reservation is that the price seems high for the size of the book, but this may be only a reflection of a trend involving psychiatric texts in general.

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