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Better Than Prozac: Creating the Next Generation of Psychiatric Drugs

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Every day millions of people take psychiatric drugs. In Better Than Prozac Samuel Barondes considers the benefits and limitations of Prozac, Ritalin, Valium, Risperdal, and other widely used medications and the ways that superior ones are being created.
In tracing the early history of these drugs Barondes describes the accidental observations that led to their discovery a
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published June 16th 2003)
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Kirsten
This is a very interesting (if now slightly dated -- it came out in 2003), brief work on how psychiatric drugs (antipsychotics, antidepressants, antianxiety meds, etc.) were originally developed, and how new, hopefully better drugs will be developed in the future. I found it to be quite informative and enlightening -- it helped me better understand what exactly it means when doctors say that one patient metabolizes a drug quickly or slowly, for example, and I found it fascinating to learn how ma ...more
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This book gives a history of modern psychiatric medication, from accidentally discovery to modern day efforts to target specific neurotransmitters and develop drugs that will interact specifically with their receptors in the brain. I think it's written in a very straight forward, easy to read manner, so that people who don't have much background in biology, psychology, or neuroscience can follow along without difficulty, while still managing to being informative to those that do already know a f ...more
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Samuel H. Barondes , M.D. is Jeanne and Sanford Robertson Professor and Director of the Center for Neurobiology and Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. A leading authority on the application of molecular biology to psychiatry, he is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and recently served as Chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors o ...more
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