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October 2021
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Following the success of the first two volumes in Stahl's Case Studies series, a brand new collection of clinical stories have been collated in Volume 3, derived from cases seen by medical students, residents and faculty from the University of California at Riverside (UCR) Department of Psychiatry and Neuroscience. The highly popular and unique user-friendly presentation of previous volumes has been maintained, with extensive use of icons, questions/answers, and tips. The cases address multifaceted issues in an understandable way and with direct relevance to the everyday experience of clinicians. Covering a wide-ranging and representative selection of clinical scenarios, each case is followed through the complete clinical encounter, from start to resolution, acknowledging all the complications, issues, decisions, twists and turns along the way. The book is about living through the treatments that work, the treatments that fail, and the mistakes made along the journey. This is psychiatry in real life.


'I am delighted to see the new volume. It is a very welcome, important complement to Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology. While presenting several interesting and timely cases that will allow practitioners in mental health to hone their skills and update their psychopharmacology knowledge, it is also a delightful read. Well done!'

Jair C. Soares - Professor and Chairman, Pat Rutherford Chair in Psychiatry, Director, UT Center of Excellence on Mood Disorders, Louis Faillace, M.D Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UT Houston Medical School, Houston, USA

'This book offers readers a comprehensive approach to complex, real world psychopharmacological dilemmas based on actual clinical cases that are followed over time. Each case identifies critical questions at important junctures of treatment and expertly breaks down the thought processes involved in decision making of challenging yet common and recognizable clinical scenarios. The authors demonstrate how to apply the art and science of psychopharmacology with careful in-depth dissections of each case, outside of the box thinking and a large dose of humility. Readers will appreciate the case discussions where authors share their confessions as psychopharmacologists and retrospective self-assessments of what they could have done better. Case Studies: Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology distils years of clinical experience with up-to-date clinical psychopharmacology into a practical text for all psychiatric practitioners.'

Poh Choo How - MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, Davis, Sacramento

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