The Practitioner’s Guide to Psychoactive Drugs

  • Alan J. Gelenberg
  • Ellen L. Bassuk

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxii
  2. State of the Art

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alan J. Gelenberg
      Pages 3-15
  3. Major Psychiatric Disorders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Alan J. Gelenberg, Pedro L. Delgado
      Pages 19-97
    3. Heather S. Hopkins, Alan J. Gelenberg
      Pages 99-151
    4. Alan J. Gelenberg, Samuel Keith
      Pages 153-212
    5. Eric M. Reiman
      Pages 213-264
    6. Jeffrey B. Weilburg, Heather S. Hopkins
      Pages 265-287
  4. Psychoactive Substance Abuse

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 289-289
    2. Shelly F. Greenfield, Roger D. Weiss, Steven M. Mirin
      Pages 291-363
  5. Special Topics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 365-365
    2. Carl Salzman
      Pages 367-384
    3. Janet Wozniak, Joseph Biederman, Thomas Spencer, Timothy Wilens
      Pages 385-415
    4. Lee S. Cohen, Lori Altshuler, Vicki L. Heller, Jerrold Rosenbaum
      Pages 417-440
    5. Francisco Fernandez, Jorge Maldonado
      Pages 441-466
    6. Andrew W. Brotman, David B. Herzog, David C. Jimerson
      Pages 467-481
    7. Paul H. Soloff
      Pages 483-500
    8. Thomas G. Gutheil
      Pages 501-511
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 513-536

About this book


Once again, in their new edition of a classic American handbook of clinical psycho­ pharmacology, Drs. Gelenberg and Bassuk and their colleagues have produced a master­ work of sound clinical guidelines for the use of medicines as an increasingly central component of contemporary psychiatric practice. They have recruited an outstanding panel of coauthors, but have managed to maintain a high level of consistency of quality and style throughout the many chapters on specific classes of psychiatric illnesses and their corresponding treatments. The book continues to encapsulate the clinically rele­ vant essentials of the pharmacology of each major class of psychotropic agents in a way that clinicians can easily grasp. Moreover, it provides sound and carefully consid­ ered specific guidelines to diagnosis, drug selection, and dosing and patient assessment, with particularly rich presentations on the recognition and management of adverse effects. Inclusion of chapters on pediatric and geriatric populations and on topics pertaining to substance abuse disorders and medicolegal aspects of the field are unusual in books of this kind, and so are particularly valuable. Students and trainees will appreciate the handbook's well-organized and readable style, and practicing clinicans should be satisified with its balanced consideration of older, standard treatments as well as the latest medicines and trends in clinical psychopharmacology, with glimpses into future developments.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Alan J. Gelenberg
    • 1
  • Ellen L. Bassuk
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Arizona College of MedicineTucsonUSA
  2. 2.The Better Homes FundNewton Centre, Massachusetts and Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Plenum Publishing Corporation 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-7695-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-5877-4
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