Pharmacologic Interventions

  • Harold M. EricksonJr.
  • Donald W. Goodwin


The dictionary defines a drug as a substance used in medicine to treat disease. This includes a very wide range of substances, including food and water. Milk is prescribed for heartburn, the amino acid tryptophan for insomnia and depression, and garlic for anxiety (garlic is a prescription drug in some countries). Other drugs come from plants (digitalis for heart disease) or have a mineral source (lithium for mania). Others are manmade in the laboratory, including all of the currently prescribed drugs for anxiety, depression, and psychosis.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Harold M. EricksonJr.
    • 1
  • Donald W. Goodwin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Kansas Medical CenterKansas CityUSA

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