Academic journal article Hong Kong Journal of Psychiatry

Neuropsychopharmacology: The Fifth Generation of Progress

Academic journal article Hong Kong Journal of Psychiatry

Neuropsychopharmacology: The Fifth Generation of Progress

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Neuropsychopharmacology: The Fifth Generation of Progress

Editors: Davis KL, Charney D, Coyle JT, Nemeroff C. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2002. US$189.00; pp2010; ISBN: 0-7817-2837-1

This official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology is a real textbook. It is unrivaled in at least 2 aspects: huge in volume, with more than 2000 pages, weighing 4 kg, and written by more than 290 authors. The book represents the most updated collection of information that "details advances in both the basic science and clinical application of recent research in psychopharmacology", as stated in the Preface of the book. It is a timely production at the turn of the century as it comprehensively summarises the enormous progress in understanding the fundamental physiology of the central nervous system and treatment of psychiatric disorders in previous decades.

The book is well organised along the lines of the well established tradition of previous editions. It begins with basic neuroscience, then covers new imaging techniques and new drug discovery, before addressing different mental disorders. Chapters in basic neuroscience and imaging are comprehensively illustrated and widely referenced. Different psychiatric disorders are covered in separate sections, providing an overview of different aspects of each disorder. The major disorders are all described including developmental disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, affective disorders, Alzheimer's disease, substance abuse, and movement disorders. …

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