- Series: Critical Issues in Psychiatry
- Hardcover: 404 pages
- Publisher: Springer; 5th edition (November 30, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0306462303
- ISBN-13: 978-0306462306
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.2 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,139,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Drug and Alcohol Abuse: A Clinical Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment (Critical Issues in Psychiatry) 5th Edition
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"Polished, well-edited, and tendered on pages laid out in an attractive, uncrowded format [...]There are tables and figures, adequately and thoughtfully placed throughout the book, which enhance learning and understanding of the textual material [...] The physical characteristics of the book [...] are well above average for the genre and reflect the publisher's attention to detail in planning and producing a volume worthy of its contents."
(American Journal of Psychiatry)
An OUTSTANDING resource that can help clinicians clarify the interface between clinical pharmacology and management techniques in the addiction field. This work embodies the principle thrust of academic psychiatry in the addictions, and it conveys its message with unusual skill."
(Journal of Studies on Alcohol)
"The book certainly lives up to its author's claim to `serve as a resource [...] and as an emergency handbook."
(British Journal of Psychiatry)
"The fifth and latest edition features 380 pages of current information, with 70% of the references dated 1995 or later, arranged for the convenience of clinicians and students. Unlike most textbooks, Schuckit's is written in the first person [...]This provides a refreshing alternative to the more ponderous multiauthor textbook written in the third person [...] The book will be most appreciated by health professionals and students, especially those in primary and emergency care settings. It is organized by drug type (e.g., sedatives, stimulants, inhalants, cannabinols), and each chapter contains brief sections on pharmacology, epidemiology, medical uses, the natural history of dependence, and making a diagnosis. Following this are sections on emergency problems involving the particular class of drugs, including their diagnosis and treatment. Alcohol and alcoholism receive the greatest emphasis, reflecting Schuckit's interest and experience, but the other drugs are not short-changed [...] A great convenience, especially for newcomers to the field, is that all medications are identified by both their chemical and brand names. The text is also very well indexed, and there are many references to other sections of the book in each chapter. This makes it valuable both for reading cover-to-cover and for use as a reference book for specific clinical problems [...] In summary, Dr. Schuckit has brought us a clinically useful, readable, down-to-earth, and up-to-date textbook not just once, but for the fifth time. That in itself is remarkable."
(S.B. Blume, M.D., American Journal of Psychiatry, 157:11 (2000)
"The format is consistent and the text and contents benefit so much from being produced by a single author."
(Addiction Biology, 6 (2001)
"This is an excellent and brief clinical textbook. It is the fifth edition and has been extensively revised with approximately 70% of the references being new since the previous edition in 1994. A single author book of this range and quality is rare and reflects the author's experience as a research worker and clinical psychiatrist. The book is essentially aimed at clinicians, but will be of value to all those who are learning about substance misuse as part of post-graduate training."
(Alcohol and Alcoholism, 36:6 (2001)
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Schuckit, who is affiliated with the University of California Medical School and Veteran Affairs Healthcare System in San Diego, is a talented lecturer and he apparently writes like he speaks: clear and concise, technical but understandable. This 5th edition of his text dating back to 1979 includes a 70% updating of reference material with a focus on newer developments in pharmacotherapy, plus an all new chapter on prevention. The coverage of substances of abuse is all-encompassing; ranging from "Acid" (hallucinogens) to "Zoom" (stimulants), and everything imaginable in between.
How does one use a book like this? Schuckit recommends skimming all of the chapters covering the many drug classes, including descriptions of individual drugs and associated pathology, then rereading sections of particular interest. From there, the book can serve as a handbook, kept nearby for easily-accessed advice on dealing with drug-related crises or confirming suspected drug-induced symptomatology appearing in clinical settings. The text is fully indexed and evidence-based, with research references listed at the end of each of the 16 chapters.
Certainly, medical practitioners will find this book invaluable. It also could be an essential reference for nursing staff, psychologists, counselors, social workers, and other professionals who need a quick, handy, clinically-oriented manual on alcohol and other drug problems.
Schuckit MA. Drug and Alcohol Abuse: A Clinical Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment; 5th edition. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers; January 2000. ISBN 0306462303. Available online from www.Amazon.com ($49.95 + shipping) and at other booksellers.