Academic journal article The Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences

Atlas of Psychiatric Pharmacotherapy

Academic journal article The Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences

Atlas of Psychiatric Pharmacotherapy

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Atlas of Psychiatric Pharmacotherapy by Roni Shiloh, David Nutt and Abraham Weizman. Martin Dunitz, 1999,235pp. ISBN 1.85317-934-5,$49.99

This authoritative textbook is a first rate reference for psychiatrists, students and teachers alike. The book is presented in the form of vivid, simple to read illustrations with accompanying text. It is divided into five chapters covering basic and clinical aspects of psychopharmacology. The first chapter offers a comprehensive review of current knowledge of the molecular mechanisms mediating psychiatric drug therapeutic action and side effect profile. The chapter offers an introduction which is both clear and reliable. It presents a brief description for anyone with only basic knowledge of the field, as well as leading the reader step by step by surveying the latest developments in the field of basic psychopharmacology. Following that is a concise review of treatment strategies for the main psychiatric disorders. The authoritative complementary text summarizes current guidelines for treatment options for the clinician. Rather than providing the reader with readymade formulations, the text summarizes evidence-based, state-of-the-art knowledge on alternative biological specific psychotherapeutic interventions, where current data shows these to be the treatment of choice for the clinical disorder discussed. …

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