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“A complete, unbiased, and professional review of psychoactive drugs.” ―American Journal of Psychiatry
“A concise, easily readable guide to actions, uses, and side effects of psychoactive drugs . . . This book covers general principles of each class of psychoactive drugs and specific information about each drug within that class. It looks at mechanisms of action, theories about etiologies of major psychological disorders and rationale for drug treatment, and uses and limitations of psychopharmacology. It also includes basic explanations of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Drugs of compulsive use are emphasized. Each of the 20 chapters examines current and future directions in drug research (including drugs not yet available for clinical use). An interesting new chapter on herbal medications has been added. A brief glossary is included. This is a bold attempt to capture the explosion of knowledge about psychoactive substances . . . This is a good, comprehensive review that has organized and presented a massive amount of often disparate information into a comprehensible, easy to use book.” ―Nancy Schell, MD (Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center), Doody Review Services
“Since the primer's first edition 20 years ago, much has been learned about psychoactive drugs, their use in the treatment of mental disorders, and their potential for misuse. Chapters cover principles of drug action, properties of specific drugs, pharmacotherapy for various disorders, and societal issues. The primer's goal is to present information in clear language, free of jargon, for students and general readers, though scholarly syntax is the norm throughout.” ―Book News
“This in-depth survey of the effects of psychoactive drugs on the brain and behavior includes an expanded discussion of drug action and new discoveries in psychopharmacology since 1975. Surprisingly simple language lend insights to details on the actions, uses and side effects of these drugs. A valuable . . . reference addition.” ―Midwest Book Review
Robert M. Julien, M.D., Ph.D., is staff anesthesiologist at St. Vincent Hospital and Medical Center in Portland, Oregon.
Note: this is not the 2013 edition. It's the 2001 edition. All the references are 15 or more years old.Published 13 months ago by Anon
There are countless grammatical errors and the entire book is riddled with scientific inaccuracies. A thorough Wikipedia search or a conversation with an intoxicated "raver" would... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mike
Back in the 60's when people experimented with drugs, they always had a sleeper - someone who knew what t expect and what to do if some thing went wrong. Read morePublished 23 months ago by just Jack
This book was recommended to me by an herbalist/nutritionist to help me as a student of acupuncture, herbalism, and nutrition. Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by Elaina
I bought this for an undergraduate Psychopharmacology class, and I have been told it is also used in medical schools. Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by Kerry
A bit dry... but it's a textbook, so we probably have no choice reading it. Has good information though, albeit a bit much.Published on December 22, 2012 by LF