A Calm, Careful Discussion of a Confused and Controversial Topic

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(10), 745–746. Reviews the book, Psychopharmacology in Childhood and Adolescence edited by Jerry M. Wiener (1977). The book is divided into three major sections. The first section, “The Basic Issues,” contains chapters on the history of psychoactive drug therapy in childhood and adolescence, the classification and pharmacology of psychoactive drugs, methodological considerations in research, and the interaction of drugs and development. The second section, “Clinical Applications,” covers schizophrenia, minimal brain dysfunction, depression, mild anxiety states and, in one chapter, a series of particular syndromes (enuresis, tics, school refusal, and anorexia nervosa). The final section, on “Conclusion and Prospect,” contains only one chapter, written by Wiener, which draws together the major themes that run through the various chapters. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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