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A wonderful guide  March 14, 2011

I use this textbook as a reference in my work.This textbook is an easy read; Julien's writing is incredibly clear. He writes with an almost tongue-in-cheek kind of humor that make the writing come to life much more than the majority of science books. This textbook is easy to understand for most people with a college education. It was informative and easy to read

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Julien's primer keeps pace with one of the most dynamic fields of scientific inquiry, giving students immediate access to the most current research and promising new directions in psychopharmacology

Edition after edition, Robert Julien's A Primer of Drug Actionkeeps pace with one of the most dynamic fields of scientific inquiry, giving students immediate access to the most current research and promising new directions in psychopharmacology. Rigorously updated throughout, the new edition again takes its place as the definitive guide to the drugs that affect the mind and behavior. As always, it is clear, comprehensive, objective, and authoritative, spanning a wide variety of drug types, including sedatives, depressants, stimulants, analgesics, psychedelic drugs, steroids, and drugs used to treat psychological disorders.

To visit Robert Julien's blog that accompanies A Primer of Drug Action, click here.

With over 40% new research citations, and a rewriting of every chapter, this twelfth edition gives a clear and comprehensive presentation on the most up to date information on drug action mechanisms, etiologies of major psychological disorders, drug treatment rationales, and the uses of psychopharmacology in patient care.

Author Biography

About the Author(s)

Robert M. Julien, M.D., received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Washington and his Medical Degree from the University of California at Irvine.  His many research articles focus on the psychopharmacology of sedative and antiepileptic drugs.  Previously an Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Anesthesiology at the Oregon Health Sciences University, he currently practices anesthesiology in Portland, Oregon.
Claire D. Advokat, professor of psychology at LSU, received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University.  Her primary interest is in understanding the clinical effectiveness and the mechanism of action of drugs used in the treatment of mental illness, such as the antipsychotics, antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and anxiolytics.
Joseph Comaty, Adjunct Professor at LSU, received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Science and Medicine.  His primary area of research is clinical psychopharmacology.  In particular, he is interested in the study of the clinical treatment for the major psychiatric disorders of schizophrenia, major depression, and bipolar disorder.

Table of Contents

Part I
1. Pharmacokinetics
2. Pharmacodynamics
3. The Neuron, Synaptic Transmission, and Neurotransmitters
Part II
4.  Antipsychotic Drugs
5.  Antidepressant Drugs
6.  Drugs Used to Tread Bipolar Disorder
7.  Sedative-Hypnotic and Anxiolytic Medications
8.  Herbals Medicines and Natural Treatments for Psychological Disorders

Part III
9.  Nonnarcotic Anti-Inflammatory Analgesics (NSAIDs)
10.  Opiod Analgesics

Part IV
11. Caffeine and Nicotine
12. Cocaine, the Amphetamines, and nonamphetamine Behavioral Stimulants
13. Ethyl Alcohol and the Inhalants of Abuse
14. Cannaboid Agonists and Antagonists
15. Psychedelic Drugs
16. Anabolic Steroids
17. Topics in Drug Abuse

Part V
18. Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
19. Geriatric Psychopharmacology
20. Integrating Psychopharmacology and Psychological Therapies in Patient Care

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