Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applications (Essential Psychopharmacology Series)
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Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applications (Essential Psychopharmacology Series)

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This edition explains and illustrates the neurobiological concepts underlying the drug treatment of psychiatric disorders.
Paperback, 1132 pages
Published March 17th 2008 by Cambridge University Press (first published May 31st 1996)
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Muhammad al-Khwarizmi
Good intro to a diverse array of psychopharmacological topics, though somewhat outdated. For instance, aripiprazole, commercially known as Abilify, was identified as a compound being researched as of the publication, whereas it is now widely prescribed.

A few minor gripes: I don't mind the informal language as such—in fact, I legitimately laughed when I saw the phrase "whining for dopamine" in the chapter on drugs of abuse—but was somewhat irked by occasional undesirable imprecision in the langua...more
Jun 28, 2012 Irving added it
A perfect primer for study, with Stahl's famously easy-to-understand diagrams throughout. Despite the title, don't expect to be able to understand every possible drug action after reading this - the 'basis' part is fantastic if basic, but the 'practical applications' should definately be considered a jumping-off point rather than an end in themselves.

Those looking for a textbook for out-of-home study might be better off investing in some of the separate volumes of the Essential Psychopharmacolo...more
I'm just putting it on here cause I actually have made it through like 2/3s of it... It does as a text book have a noted sense of bias in terms of the science it likes and doesn't, but the basic idea - that you should have a clue about how drugs work and a logical method for using them is hard to argue against.
We used the 2013 new edition. Stahl made the contents approachable and friendly. Pharmacology isn't that painful after all.
Catherine Woodman
Very well liked approach to understanding psychopharmacology
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Psychopharm is :awesome:
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