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Psychopharmacology: Drugs, the Brain and Behavior 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0878935345
ISBN-10: 0878935347
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From The New England Journal of Medicine

In the preface to this book, the authors point out that for thousands of years humans have used psychoactive substances to modify their perceptions and mood. Indeed, some observers believe that such behavior may be a defining characteristic of the human condition. In contrast to the millennial history of drug taking, the era of scientific psychopharmacology is very short; perhaps its proper beginning can be dated to the middle of the 20th century. Since then, the rate of accrual of new knowledge in the field has increased enormously. (Figure) The authors aim to produce an introductory textbook on psychopharmacology and to convey some of the excitement that they find in this discipline. They attempt to create an integrated work, linking the basic principles of pharmacology, neurophysiology, and related neuroscience; the key features of the neurotransmitter systems; and the theories and mechanisms of related illnesses, including substance abuse and major psychiatric disorders. The authors have succeeded in reaching all these goals. They cover the important topics with great clarity, and the reader will find all the subjects accessible. "Hooks" at the beginning of each chapter -- such as an image of the title page of Uber Coca, Sigmund Freud's tribute to the virtues of cocaine -- catch the interest of the reader; the authors, while not compromising the thoroughness of their scientific explanations, have greatly enhanced the book's readability with this technique. A particular delight is that the book is sumptuously illustrated -- many of the illustrations are eye-catching and attention-grabbing. As with any first edition, there are one or two minor flaws in the writing and minor errors in the references. Available to qualified adopters of this textbook are special supplements -- a resource CD for instructors, which contains all the figures, illustrations, photographs, and tables from the book, as well as a test bank consisting of 50 questions per chapter. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to learn about psychopharmacology. Allan Hunter Young, M.D., Ph.D.
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This volume provides a good balance across all the areas of psychopharmacology and is an excellent guide for students in psychology, pharmacology, and neuroscience. ... It is well written and easy to understand; the diagrams and tables are also well done. Moreover, the book provides students with additional outside reading sources. The CD-ROM for instructors is very useful and presents PowerPoint lectures for each chapter, as well as a test bank for student evaluation. Overall, this book is well worth the price. --John A. Rosecrans, The Quarterly Review of Biology

The authors . . . cover the important topics with great clarity, and the reader will find all the subjects accessible. . . . A particular delight is that the book is sumptuously illustrated many of the illustrations are eye-catching and attention-grabbing. . . . I highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to learn about psychopharmacology. --Allan Hunter Young, The New England Journal of Medicine

For over 30 years I have been teaching about this engaging subject ( non-medical drug use, not drug abuse ). This is certainly the best, most clearly written, and by far the most interesting book that I have seen in this area. --Oliver M. Brown, State University of New York, Upstate Medical University

The authors . . . cover the important topics with great clarity, and the reader will find all the subjects accessible. . . . A particular delight is that the book is sumptuously illustrated many of the illustrations are eye-catching and attention-grabbing. . . . I highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to learn about psychopharmacology. --Allan Hunter Young, The New England Journal of Medicine

For over 30 years I have been teaching about this engaging subject ( non-medical drug use, not drug abuse ). This is certainly the best, most clearly written, and by far the most interesting book that I have seen in this area. --Oliver M. Brown, State University of New York, Upstate Medical University
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 555 pages
  • Publisher: Sinauer Associates; 1 edition (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878935347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878935345
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I used the more advanced version of this text (Principles of Neuropsychopharmacology) for a course in neuropharmacology in graduate school. This an excellent version of that text aimed at the undergraduate level--like the longer version, this text is extremely well written, clear, concise, and filled with illustrations that really "illustrate" the points made in the text. I can't recommend this text more highly for advanced undergraduate and graduate level courses in psychopharmacology.
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I agree with the three previous reviews that the book is easy to read, comprehensive, and has excellent illustrations and summary tables. But, at times there is too much complex information presented. The major problem is that with a cover date of 2004, it is sadly out of date, and thus fails to cover important new information, especially the significance of neuroregeneration (which as well known by 2004) and serotonin's role in the brain. My major specific criticism is that the chapter on affective disorders reviews very nicely the various therapeutic approaches especially to depression (with the above caveat about new findings), but the student reader comes away very confused, because there is no synthesis of the complex data and approaches. I understand very well how difficult that is to do, but at the end of this very long chapter, the student is left hanging. Let's hope a new edition will help.
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Fantastic; Clear and precise with plenty of diagrams. The best introduction to psychopharmacology I could have received.
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We used this in a Graduate psychopharmacology course. Although it was a bit elementary and geared more towards an undergraduate level, I found it to be a helpful resource because I did not have much of the background knowledge for the course.
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Very well written with a good balance of core content and examples. Most of the subheadings are very short summaries of the material about to be covered which is extremely helpful since they give you a sense of where the section is going. The section and chapter summaries are also very helpful. Between the explanatory subheadings, the actual text, and the summaries all key points are covered three times, making it much easier handle the rather difficult subject matter. More textbook authors should use this format.
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I am very pleased with the basic explanation presented by the authors of this textbook. It is broken down that it is so simple, yet builds it up so you are able to understand, or reference back to previous topics of discussion when you approach complex topics.
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very interesting and informative for those who have been formally educated on the subject (my girlfriend) and those who have not (me). Lots of cool, colored diagrams and whatnot--very nice.

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joe
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Great introduction to the exciting world of psychopharmacology. Good for people with an interest in how the brain works but with a limited background in biochemistry/pharmacy (eg mathematicians, psychologists).
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