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A Primer of Drug Action

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 A Primer of Drug Action addresses the mechanisms of action of each drug and drug class presented, current theories about the etiology of major psychological disorders and rationales for drug treatment, and the uses and limitations of psychopharmacology in patient care. Now in its Tenth Edition, this definitive guide has been completely revised and updated to again make it
Paperback, 704 pages
Published September 17th 2004 by Worth Publishers (first published 1975)
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May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book has been a life changer for me. It stays on my coffee table much of the time.
James M. Madsen, M.D.
An excellent introduction to psychopharmacology and psychotoxicology for the lay reader.
Kristjan Kaitsa
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This book provides a great overview of psychoactive substances - from coffee to cocaine. It's written in a such way and using such words that it should be understandable for basically everyone with high school education and perhaps even for such students. While being about psychoactive substances, it also provides background to help one understand how body handles them: such as their absorption, distribution, termination, tolerance, dependence and othe

Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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A lightweight and a superficial read. Not a serious book. Overall disappointing.

It is heavily concerned with statistics rather than physiology or pharmacology of drugs. Text is nondescript and tedious, full of dry factual content. Most of the information contained in this book is common knowledge to everyone even passingly acquainted with the basics of pharmacology and drugs. It might benefit those only complete strangers to the subject, and even then there are better options that deliver higher
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone in psychiatric sales and doctors
Recommended to Oresta by: Christopher Spavins
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This is a fabulous book and was my go-to reference text while selling and promoting anti-depressants as a pharmaceutical sales representative. In my opinion, everyone who promotes, or recommends anti-depressants, including family doctors will find the resource outstanding.

Sometimes, reading the CPS is like reading a legal document. This is where this text comes in very handy. It is extremely well written and very informative in explaining the mechanism of action of all the different classes of p
Aug 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are at least four later editions of this book, most of which I've scanned, and which are certainly better to read if you are going to read one now. This is the only edition I read completely. I thought this book did/does a great job of really explaining the details of drug action. A very good reference source.
Morgan Blackledge
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was an undertaking. Both exhaustive and at times exhausting. But I literally could not (or rather would not) put this book down. It is packed with essential info on every dang page. Crucial reading for wannabe psychopharmochology geeks. If your addicted to books about drugs, and Lord knows I am, than get ready for an over dose of bitter goodness.
Feb 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
i heart this amazing and wonderful book.
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Required reading in my MFT program. Detailed and difficult reading for someone who hadn't been exposed to this area before, but can see that it will be a fantastic resource in the future.
Sep 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Want to know how drugs work? Well here ya go, geniuses.
A useful reference, especially for those working in chemical dependency.
May 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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