A one-stop shop, covering everything a doctor, teacher or trainee will ever need to know about neuropsychopharmacology. Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applications 4th Edition · Stephen M. Stahl · The Prescriber's Guide 6th Edition. With this fully revised Fourth Edition, Dr. Stahl returns to the essential Stahl's essential psychopharmacology: neuroscientific basis and practical 4th ed. p. ; cm. Essential psychopharmacology. Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applications (4th ed.) by Stephen M. Stahl. Read online, or download in secure PDF. 4th ed. p. ; cm. Essential psychopharmacology. Includes bibliographical references and index For this fourth edition of Stahl's Essential Psychophar- two “pips”. Request PDF on ResearchGate | On Aug 1, , van den Heuvel and others published Stahl's essential psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific basis and practical applications (4th edition).

The contents are comprehensive and up-to-date. The large number of tables and color figures make the book attractive and easy to read. A browser who scans through only the tables and figures will probably assimilate most of the message of the book.

Overall, the book presents a difficult subject in an intellectually and emotionally appealing manner. These assets place the book head and shoulders above other publications in the field. Some quibbles It's hard to find fault with a book that is written by an author who commands international respect; a book that has become a classic.

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Nevertheless, here are a few quibbles. To start with, the third edition is neither essential nor just psychopharmacology; as already mentioned, it has become a formidable reference book with a depth of coverage that far exceeds what an average clinician will want to know; and it addresses fields ranging from neurohistology to neurochemistry; from psychopharmacology to psychiatric genetics.

The book has been lauded for its pictures.

To be honest, in my opinion, the pictures do not really simplify the text; though, I acknowledge that this may be my idiosyncrasy, and that others may feel otherwise. Finally, the contents are presented as facts.

However, when one goes into details, as Stahl does, devils exist in the form of controversies. Unfortunately, Stahl does not address the controversies or the weaknesses of hypotheses; he merely presents the dominant view.

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As an example, some 30 pages of the book are devoted to the glutamatergic hypothesis of schizophrenia. On the other hand, positive, negative, and cognitive symptoms are forcefully and in extreme detail argued to result from a completely opposite state: NMDA receptor hypofunction.

Stahl does not reconcile these opposing stances; however, to judge from the depth of his coverage, he favors the latter mechanism. Chemical neurotransmission; 2. Transporters, receptors and enzymes as targets of psychopharmacological drug action; 3.

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Ion channels as targets of psychopharmacological drug action; 4. Psychosis and schizophrenia; 5.

Antipsychotic agents; 6. Mood disorders; 7.

Antidepressants; 8. Mood stabilizers; 9.

Anxiety disorders and anxiolytics; Immediately I knew this was a different book; one that made abstract concepts practical and understandable, and dare I say, enjoyable to read.

The first two editions of Essential Psychopharmacology were about establishing a new teaching style. Medical students, residents and allied professionals new to working with psychiatric medications have found this resource invaluable. Experienced teachers of psychopharmacology have benefitted from adopting some of the analogies Stahl used in these earlier editions to make concepts concrete and simple to understand e.

Thirteen years, and two editions later, this text has become the reference for a generation of health care professionals that work with psychiatric medications. Some precision and fine detail has been purposely sacrificed to make concepts and rules easier to understand.

This book is purposefully written on a conceptual level, with hardly a sighting of a table of receptor dissociation constants or milligram dosages anywhere to be found. Added chapters in this edition include treatment of fibromyalgia and pain syndromes, and greatly expanded sections on fundamentals such as signal transduction and targets of psychopharmacological drug action.In the case of kinase activation. Chemical neurotransmission first messenger 7 The first messenger causes the receptor to 7 change receptor G G protein G G protein can now bind to the receptor Figure This would lead gut bloodstream to increased metabolism of substrates for 3A4 e.

The first edition quickly caught the attention of readers across the world because it simplified and popularized what was previously hard to understand; and because it did so not only through easy-to-read text but also through diagrams that vividly brought concepts to life. Stahl has allowed me to see the light in what I previously found to be a very complex subject