Essential Psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applications

Author: Stahl, Stephen M.


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  • ISBN: 9780521646154
  • Author: Stahl, Stephen M.
  • Publ Date: 2000-06-26
  • Edition: 2
  • Pages: 660
  • Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIV *#
  • Status: O/P
  • ID - 69823

Table of Contents :

Preface; 1. Principles of chemical neurotransmission; 2. Receptors and enzymes as the targets of drug action; 3. Special properties of receptors; 4. Chemical neurotransmission as the mediator of disease actions; 5. Depression and bipolar disorders; 6. Classical antidepressants, serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors and noradrenergic reuptake inhibitors; 7. Newer antidepressants and mood stabilizers; 8. Anxiolytics and sedative-hypnotics; 9. Drug treatments for obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder and phobic disorders; 10. Psychosis and schizophrenia; 11. Antipsychotic agents; 12. Cognitive enhancers; 13. Psychopharmacology of reward and drugs of abuse; 14. Gender and sexual psychopharmacology; References; Index.


Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology has established itself as the preeminent source of education and information in its field. This much expanded second edition enlists advances in neurobiology, and recent clinical developments, to explain with renewed clarity the concepts underlying drug treatment of psychiatric disorders. New neurotransmitter systems, new theories on schizophrenia, clinical advances in antipsychotic and antidepressant therapy, new coverage of attention deficit disorder, sleep disorders and drug abuse, and a new chapter on gender and sexual psychopharmacology--these are all features of this edition. The fully revised text is complemented by many new illustrations, instructive and entertaining as before, and enhanced to reflect new knowledge and topics covered for the first time. The illustrations and their captions may be used independently of the main text for a rapid introduction to the field or for review, and self-assessment tests follow each chapter. Even more, this will be the essential text for students, scientists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, enabling them to master the complexities of psychopharmacology, and plan sound treatment approaches based on current knowledge. A Teacher's Set of Essential Psychopharmacology, second edition, consists of the hardback book plus a Mac/PC compatible CD-ROM, which contains all the figures from the text in cleverly crafted PowerPoint presentations in two versions: the complete sequence of more than 500 animated figures from the textbook, and the same images without animation.


'... essential reading ... I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who works with psychotropic drugs - or who has the task of teaching others about them!' American Journal of Psychiatry 'This book is a bedrock for basic understanding of the complex and fast moving field of psychopharmacology, and should be a part of every prescribing clinician's library. It is highly recommended and will be useful in many contexts.' Doody's Publishing '... illustrations are highly effective in elucidating highly complex material. This book is a bedrock for basic understanding of the complex and fast moving field of psychopharmacology, and should be a part of every prescribing clinician's library. It is highly recommended and will be useful in many contexts.' Nishad J. Nadkarni, Doody's Health Scienced Book Review Journal 'Using his own extraordinary teaching style, together with the fine images we are accustomed to seeing from him, Professional Stahl, of California University, presents us with a second edition of his work. It is a great work, which should be very useful to psychiatrists, doctors in training and psychopharmacologists.' Professor a. Seva, European Journal of Psychiatry 'The clinically orientated chapters do an impressive job of bringing together the neuropathological basis and psychopharmacological approaches to psychiatric conditions. I would highly recommend this as an concise, entertaining and easily accessible source of information.' Sophie Ilson, Addiction Biology '... the first edition was a finely crafted book with logically distinct sections on basic science, disease mechanisms, drug action, and drug classes. This second edition is now much improved again with copious colour illustrations and bang up to date scientific information about both aetiological theories and new products and their associated modes of action ... a benchmark book for modern psychopharmacology teaching.' Robert Kerwin, Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry 'If there is one basic psychopharmacology text for a practitioner or teacher of psychiatric medicine to own, this is it ... Cleverly illustrated with simple cartoons, this book presents complex information in an easily accessible manner ... Essential Psychopharmacology is a first rate book. It is both a ready reference and an internally consistent teaching text ... It will become an essential source for the information that informs the teaching and practice of psychiatric medicine over the next decade.' Stan Kutcher, The Lancet '... an excellent basic textbook covering the key areas of psychopharmacology. its concise and structured approach made reading enjoyable ... I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to all psychiatric trainees.' R. Winterhaldes, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 'As an MRC psychiatry student I have benefited enormously from studying this book. Stahl has allowed me to see the light in what I previously found to be a very complex subject, it has made a fascinating and fulfilling read.' Judy Whitely, International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 'Essential Psychopharmacology offers a wide range of readers an engaging and comprehensive view of psychopharmacology. it is highly recommended to both novice and experienced researchers, who stand to gain a new or renewed appreciation for the complexity and beauty of how the nervous system mediates the behavioural effects of drugs.' Ruth E. Grahn, Contemporary Psychology


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