Addiction Medicine

Addiction Medicine

Part-work (fascículo) Oxford Specialist Handbooks

Edited by Noeline Latt, Edited by Katherine Conigrave, Edited by Jane Marshall, Edited by John Saunders, Edited by David Nutt


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Part-work (fascículo) | 496 pages
  • Dimensions: 106mm x 178mm x 18mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199539332
  • ISBN 13: 9780199539338
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 14 black and white line drawings and a 4-page colour plate section
  • Sales rank: 183,074

Product description

Addiction Medicine is a concise and practical guide for students and practitioners of medicine and other health professions who come into contact with people with substance use disorders. It provides the knowledge base and the skill set required for good professional practice in this field. Substance use rates amongst the top four risk factors contributing to the global burden of disease. Substance use disorders can cause, mimic, underlie or complicate a large number of common medical and psychiatric disorders. Making a correct diagnosis of the substance use disorder can facilitate clinical diagnosis, avoid unnecessary tests, shorten hospital stay and make the clinician and patient's life easier and safer. Increasingly, the ability to diagnose and initiate management of substance use disorders is the responsibility of all medical and health professionals. This invaluable guide discusses the broad range of management options and the evidence base behind modern addiction medicine. The first chapter outlines important background information and summarises the principles of addiction medicine. It encompasses the epidemiology of psychoactive substance use, the pharmacology and neurobiology of the major substances, and the natural history of the main clinical disorders. Two chapters summarise the principles of assessment and diagnosis and management which inform the practice of addiction medicine. Background and management focussed on specific types of psychoactive substances are covered in detail. The remainder of the book is devoted to the management of addiction medicine experienced by specific groups and in specific circumstances and places, within the broad professional and legal context. A series of appendices provides summaries of concepts and practical tools to aid management.

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Author information

David Nutt is currently Professor of Psychopharmacology and Head of the Department of Community Based Medicine at the University of Bristol. He received his undergraduate training in medicine at Cambridge and Guy's Hospital, and continued training in neurology to MRCP. After completing his psychiatric training in Oxford, he continued there as a lecturer and then later as a Wellcome Senior Fellow in psychiatry. He then spent two years as Chief of the Section of Clinical Science in the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in NIH, Bethesda, USA. On returning to England in 1988 he set up the Psychopharmacology Unit in Bristol, an interdisciplinary research grouping spanning the departments of Psychiatry and Pharmacology. Their main research interests are in the brain mechanisms underlying anxiety, depression and addiction and the mode of action of therapeutic drugs.

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Above all this is a hands-on text, with clear advice as to what to do in the emergency room or ward. It will not only support the individual trainee but it could encourage an interest in a fascinating aspect of medicine Alcohol and Alcoholism A good balance between evidence-based practice and the contributors' sound clinical experience. Doody's Notes (Michael Easton MD, Rush University Medical Center) For those after a compact sourse of good clinical information on a broad range of addiction medicine topics, [this book] is a good choice. Dr Chris Holmwood, Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia

Table of contents

1. The scope of addiction medicine ; 2. Assessment and diagnosis- general principles ; 3. Approaches to management ; 4. Alcohol ; 5. Tobacco ; 6. Sedative hypnotics ; 7. Cannabis ; 8. Opioids ; 9. Psychostimulants ; 10. Other drugs ; 11. Psychiatric comorbidity ; 12. Special populations ; 13. Specific clinical syndromes ; 14. Difficult and urgent situations ; 15. Legal and ethical issues ; Appendices