Academic journal article Hong Kong Journal of Psychiatry

Lexicon of Psychiatry, Neurology and the Neurosciences, 2nd Edition

Academic journal article Hong Kong Journal of Psychiatry

Lexicon of Psychiatry, Neurology and the Neurosciences, 2nd Edition

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LEXICON OF PSYCHIATRY, NEUROLOGY AND THE NEUROSCIENCES, 2ND EDITION Editor: Ayd FJ, Jr Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, USA, 2000. HK$538.00; pp1104; ISBN: 0-7817-2468-6.

It is difficult to stifle enthusiasm and admiration when opening this book. With more than 1060 pages containing more than 10,000 items starting with 'ABA design' and ending with 'zygote', this lexicon achieves the nearly impossible--to cover virtually every important facet of information a practicing psychiatrist will ever need and more. The reader can find everything from rare psychopathological definitions to major neuropsychiatric concepts and an exhaustive list of psychopharmacological terms. A concise description of psychiatric drug interactions is one of the many strengths of the lexicon, for example, 'clozapine' is discussed in 37 pages with mini essays on 'clozapine plus phenytoin', 'clozapine plus paroxitene', 'clozapine plus rifampin', or 'clozapine plus fluvoxamine/ parotid gland swelling' just to mention a few of the gems. Each item is carefully referenced and up to date. The layout of the book is logical, items are easy to find, and the text is crystal clear and reads smoothly. …

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