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Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology
Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applications

3rd Edition


Part of Essential Psychopharmacology Series

  • Date Published: March 2008
  • availability: Replaced by 9781107025981
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521857024


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  • Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology is intended as a primer text for this field, and can be read cover to cover by anyone from the novice to the expert. Expanded and fully revised, this third edition enlists advances in neurobiology and recent clinical developments to explain with renewed clarity the concepts underlying drug treatment of psychiatric disorders. Features of this edition are clinical advances in antipsychotic and antidepressant therapy. It includes new coverage of sleep disorders, chronic pain, and disorders of impulse control. This remains the essential text for students, scientists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals.

    • Extended coverage of bipolar disorders, sleep disorders, attention deficit disorder, Alzheimer's, drug abuse, new drug combinations
    • Heavily illustrated throughout with excellent, eye-catching, clear color diagrams
    • Principles for the use of psychopharmacologic drugs are more evidence-based than ever in the 3rd Edition
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    • Highly Commended at the BMA Book Awards 2009

    Reviews & endorsements

    "Dr. Stahl's latest edition remains the clearest book covering all the latest advances and developments in psychopharmacology. The method of teaching through illustration and conceptual form should continue to make it very popular.....Completely revised and updated with the latest developments, this editioncaptures the shift from the receptor model to brain circuits and signal transduction cascades. The basic sciences section has been doubled to cover the advances in the understanding of the functioning of neurons, signal transduction cascades, ion channels, genetics, brain circuits, imaging, and disease models of pathophysiology. The clinical section has been expanded from the previous edition to discuss the psychiatric disorder and the corresponding malfunctioning brain circuit. This section also details the advances in the latest hypothesis of the disorder as well as the latest drugs related to the treatment of the disorder. New to this edition is a chapter on pain and the treatment of fibromyalgia and other somatic syndromes. Separate chapters now cover dementia and attention deficit disorders with the newest treatments as well as drugs that are in the pipeline. Of special note is the chapter on reward that has been expanded from substance abuse to cover disorders of sexual function, eating, and impulsivity. Unique to Dr. Stahl's books are the illustrations, which have been expanded in this edition to reflect the latest advances. Information is presented in conceptual form that makes it easier to read and understand. The book maintains a consistent format and is augmented with more graphs and tables."
    --Doody's Book Review Service

    "Stephen Stahl is one of the most recognizable names in psychopharmacology. He is an inspiring teacher who has a knack for synthesizing complex scientific information for students, residents, psychiatrists, and nonmedical mental health practitioners....[H]e has started publishing psychopharmacology books that are not only very readable and up-to-date, but are in my opinion the most creatively illustrated texts of psychopharmacology. My trainees rave about his books and quote them often."
    --Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: March 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521857024
    • length: 1096 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 180 x 63 mm
    • weight: 2.38kg
    • contains: 901 colour illus. 108 tables
    • availability: Replaced by 9781107025981
  • Table of Contents

    1. Structure and function of neurons
    2. Synaptic neurotransmission and the anatomically addressed nervous system
    3. Signal transduction and the chemically addressed nervous system
    4. Transporters and g-protein linked receptors as targets of psychopharmacological drug action
    5. Ion channels and enzymes as targets of psychopharmacological drug action
    6. Psychiatric genetics
    7. Circuits in psychopharmacology
    8. From circuits to symptoms in psychopharmacology
    9. Psychosis and schizophrenia
    10. Antipsychotic agents
    11. Mood disorders
    12. Antidepressants
    13. Mood stabilizers
    14. Anxiety and anxiolytics
    15. Chronic pain, functional somatic syndromes, and their treatment
    16. Disorders of sleep and wakefulness and their treatment
    17. Disorders of cognition and their treatment
    18. Psychopharmacology of reward: drugs of abuse, obesity, and disorders of impulse control
    19. Disorders of reward, drug abuse, and their treatment.

  • Author

    Stephen M. Stahl, University of California, San Diego
    Stephen M. Stahl is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California at San Diego. He has conducted numerous research projects awarded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Veterans Administration, and the pharmaceutical industry. Author of more than 200 articles and chapters, Dr Stahl is an internationally recognized clinician, researcher, and teacher in psychiatry with subspecialty expertise in psychopharmacology.

    Illustrated by

    Nancy Muntner

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