Friday, August 23, 2013

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

Psychpharmacology: Drugs, the Brain, and Behavior 2nd Edition by Jerrold S. Meyer and Linda F. Quenzer provides well timed discussion of emerging substances of abuse and presentation of key biological ideas to help college students understand present ideas about how mental diseases come up and the way drugs act on the brain to treat these illnesses. It also consists of two new chapters.

The authors level out that for thousands of years humans have used psychoactive substances to switch their perceptions and mood. Indeed, some observers believe that such conduct could also be a defining attribute of the human condition. In distinction to the millennial historical past of drug taking, the period of scientific psychopharmacology could be very quick; perhaps its correct starting can be dated to the middle of the 20th century.

Since then, the speed of accrual of new information in the area has elevated enormously. The authors provide an introductory textbook on psychopharmacology and to convey a number of the pleasure that they discover in this discipline. They attempt to create built-in work, linking the basic ideas of pharmacology, neurophysiology, and associated neuroscience; the key features of the neurotransmitter techniques; and the theories and mechanisms of associated sicknesses, including substance abuse and main 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.

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