Laboratory Medicine in Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
Author: Sandra A. Jacobson, M.D.
ISBN 13: 978-1-58562-383-9
American Psychiatric Publishing
List Price: $75.00 APA Member Price: $60.00 705 Pages Soft Cover
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MedicalScienceBooks.com Medical Book Review:
Laboratory Medicine in Psychiatry and Behavioral Science is a reference handbook describing a list of common clinical chemistry, cardiac and imaging studies useful in the management of psychiatric patients. Two additional chapters are also included which cover special considerations for monitoring patients who are prescribed specific psychotropic agents and manifestations of diseases that can impact on psychiatric disorder diagnosis. The majority of the information in the book is organized into neatly constructed tables which follow a consistent template throughout each chapter for ease of use.
The aspect of this book that sets it apart from any number of clinical laboratory and drug guides is the effort on the part of the author to clearly state the relevance to psychiatric practice for each test that is discussed. This makes for a more focused reference and in some cases may actually serve as a reminder for the healthcare provider to order a particular study prior to drug initiation. The practical guidelines provided in this book are those that impact the level of efficacy of patient care at many levels, not the least of which is basic safety. Many agents commonly prescribed by the behavioral health professional have notoriously long lists of side effects which can deteriorate normal cardiac and liver functioning as well as exacerbate risk factors for chronic disease.Books such as Laboratory Medicine in Psychiatry and Behavioral Science highlight the need for psychiatrists to remain attentive to the general medical well-being of their patients while attending to their psychological needs. For this reason, and the comprehensive coverage made available in the context of psychiatric practice, this book is highly recommended to all those involved in the care of patients who are receiving pharmaceutical therapy for their psychiatric conditions.