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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Drugs in psychiatry, book review

This is a small book fits in your pocket nicely. It is written for medical students, junior doctors and general practitioners. It starts with a clear and concise introduction in psycho pharmacology. It explains pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles. Next drugs are discussed in the main categories of psychopharmacological drugs: antipsychotics, mood-stabilisers, tricyclic antidepressants, mono amine oxydase inhibitors, selective serotonin re uptake inhibitors, other antidepressants and a chapter for other drugs used in psychiatry such as benzodiazepines, drugs for Alzheimer disease, drugs used in substance dependence.
Every category starts with an introduction and a summary of the drugs. Next every drug is briefly descibed. Chemical structure, receptor binding, dose, laboratory testing, routine examinations and investigations and side effects are all mentioned for each drug if applicable. The descriptions are very up to date, nice book to have for introduction

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