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Brain Mechanisms and Psychotropic Drugs

1st Edition

Edited by Andrius Baskys, Gary Remington

CRC Press

288 pages

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Hardback: 9780849383861
pub: 1996-03-14
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Written by recognized experts in their fields, Brain Mechanisms and Psychotropic Drugs integrates clinical psychopharmacology with basic neuroscience and offers the latest in treatment approaches for major psychiatric disorders.

The text is divided into three major sections. The first two sections focus on basic neuroscience, covering fundamental concepts such as ion channels, synapses, second messenger mechanisms, and the aging brain. The second section contains chapters on serotonin, dopamine, acetylcholine, GABA, glutamate, and peptides. The final section is clinically oriented and discusses major psychotropic drug classes: antidepressants, neuroleptics, mood stabilizers, benzodiazepines, and cognition-enhancing drugs. This is a must-have volume for all those involved in the clinical use of psychotropic medications, from medical students to practitioners and researchers.


"The editors and contributors . . . have made a valiant effort to link clinical outsome to explanatory intracranial neuronal behavior elicited by commonly prescribed psychoactive drugs. . . . the book addresses a need and will be useful to practicing psychiatrists."

Integrative Physiological and Behavioral Science

Table of Contents

Basic Physiology

Membranes, Synapses, and Ion Channels, J.M. Wojtowicz

Altered Signal Transduction in Psychiatric Illness, C. Hudson and A. Lin

The Aging Nervous System, G.O. Ivy

Neurotransmitters and Neuromodulators

Serotonin and Dopamine as Neurotransmitters, A. Baskys and G. Remington

Acetylcholine, G.M. Hasey

The Pharmacology of the Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid System, M.F. Davies

Glutamate Receptors, J.F. MacDonald, J.M. Wojtowicz, and A. Baskys

Peptides, H.H. Swanson

Psychotropic Drugs

Antidepressants, R. Kamil

Mood-Stabilizing Agents, R.T. Joffe and L.T. Young

Neuroleptics, G. Remington

Benzodiazepines: Mechanisms of Action and Clinical Indications, J. Nelson and G. Chouinard

Cognition-Enhancing (Nootropic) Drugs, M. Windisch


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Pharmacology
MEDICAL / Psychiatry / General
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Neuroscience