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Psychpharmacology Drugs, the Brain, and Behavior, 2nd Edition

Featuring extensive updates to all chapters, this 2nd edition includes a new and timely discussion of emerging substances of abuse and presentation of key biological concepts to help students understand current ideas about how mental illnesses arise and how drugs act on the brain to treat these illnesses. Also includes two new chapters.

From The New England Journal of Medicine

In the preface to this book, the authors point out that for thousands of years humans have used psychoactive substances to modify their perceptions and mood. Indeed, some observers believe that such behavior may be a defining characteristic of the human condition. In contrast to the millennial history of drug taking, the era of scientific psychopharmacology is very short; perhaps its proper beginning can be dated to the middle of the 20th century. Since then, the rate of accrual of new knowledge in the field has increased enormously. (Figure) The authors aim to produce an introductory textbook on psychopharmacology and to convey some of the excitement that they find in this discipline. They attempt to create an integrated work, linking the basic principles of pharmacology, neurophysiology, and related neuroscience; the key features of the neurotransmitter systems; and the theories and mechanisms of related illnesses, including substance abuse and major psychiatric disorders. The authors have succeeded in reaching all these goals. They cover the important topics with great clarity, and the reader will find all the subjects accessible. “Hooks” at the beginning of each chapter — such as an image of the title page of Uber Coca, Sigmund Freud’s tribute to the virtues of cocaine — catch the interest of the reader; the authors, while not compromising the thoroughness of their scientific explanations, have greatly enhanced the book’s readability with this technique. A particular delight is that the book is sumptuously illustrated — many of the illustrations are eye-catching and attention-grabbing. As with any first edition, there are one or two minor flaws in the writing and minor errors in the references. Available to qualified adopters of this textbook are special supplements — a resource CD for instructors, which contains all the figures, illustrations, photographs, and tables from the book, as well as a test bank consisting of 50 questions per chapter. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to learn about psychopharmacology. Allan Hunter Young, M.D., Ph.D.
Copyright © 2005 Massachusetts Medical Society. All rights reserved. The New England Journal of Medicine is a registered trademark of the MMS. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

This volume provides a good balance across all the areas of psychopharmacology and is an excellent guide for students in psychology, pharmacology, and neuroscience. … It is well written and easy to understand; the diagrams and tables are also well done. Moreover, the book provides students with additional outside reading sources. The CD-ROM for instructors is very useful and presents PowerPoint lectures for each chapter, as well as a test bank for student evaluation. Overall, this book is well worth the price. –John A. Rosecrans, The Quarterly Review of Biology

The authors . . . cover the important topics with great clarity, and the reader will find all the subjects accessible. . . . A particular delight is that the book is sumptuously illustrated many of the illustrations are eye-catching and attention-grabbing. . . . I highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to learn about psychopharmacology. –Allan Hunter Young, The New England Journal of Medicine

For over 30 years I have been teaching about this engaging subject ( non-medical drug use, not drug abuse ). This is certainly the best, most clearly written, and by far the most interesting book that I have seen in this area. –Oliver M. Brown, State University of New York, Upstate Medical University

The authors . . . cover the important topics with great clarity, and the reader will find all the subjects accessible. . . . A particular delight is that the book is sumptuously illustrated many of the illustrations are eye-catching and attention-grabbing. . . . I highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to learn about psychopharmacology. –Allan Hunter Young, The New England Journal of Medicine

For over 30 years I have been teaching about this engaging subject ( non-medical drug use, not drug abuse ). This is certainly the best, most clearly written, and by far the most interesting book that I have seen in this area. –Oliver M. Brown, State University of New York, Upstate Medical University –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jerrold S. Meyer is Professor of Psychology and Director of the interdepartmental Neuroscience and Behavior Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA. He is the author or co-author of over 75 articles and chapters in the fields of neuropharmacology and neuroendocrinology, and a co-author of Principles of Neuropsychopharmacology (1997, with Robert Feldman and Linda Quenzer). He is a past President of the Neurobehavioral Teratology Society. Linda F. Quenzer is Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Hartford, USA. She has extensive teaching experience in the areas of psychobiology and neuropsychopharmacology at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels. She has co-written Fundamentals of Neuropsychopharmacology (1984, with Robert Feldman) and Principles of Neuropsychopharmacology (1997, with Robert Feldman and Jerrold Meyer).

I used the more advanced version of this text (Principles of Neuropsychopharmacology) for a course in neuropharmacology in graduate school. This an excellent version of that text aimed at the undergraduate level–like the longer version, this text is extremely well written, clear, concise, and filled with illustrations that really “illustrate” the points made in the text. I can’t recommend this text more highly for advanced undergraduate and graduate level courses in psychopharmacology.

Product Details :

  • Hardcover: 722 pages
  • Publisher: Sinauer Associates, Inc.; 2nd edition (March 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087893510X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878935109
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.3 x 1.1 inches

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