History, Science, and Issues

by Jeffrey Kerner and Bridget McCoy


Prescribing antipsychotics presents a formidable challenge of weighing the risks of psychosis to the patient and society against the side effects of antipsychotics.

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January 2017


Pages 234
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Health & Wellness/Medicine
  Health & Wellness/Diseases and Conditions

The problem of serious mental illness is a widely discussed topic in the media and popular culture. This text provides a comprehensive analysis of antipsychotic medications, covering historical, social, and scientific viewpoints on this important and controversial class of medications.

Antipsychotics are unique drugs with the ability to alter how people think and communicate. As a result, physicians must weigh a range of implications when prescribing antipsychotics. Antipsychotics: History, Science, and Issues offers a robust explanation of antipsychotic medications that covers the historical, ethical, medical, legal, and scientific dimensions of antipsychotics.

The chapters explore topics ranging from the science of how examples of this class of drug actually work in the body to the social and legal implications of antipsychotics, making this subject understandable and relatable for lay readers who are not mental health practitioners. Readers will learn why prescribing antipsychotics is often a difficult decision due to the inherent risks of giving these medications to different types of patients and appreciate how mental health laws impact psychiatrists' prescribing practices.


  • Covers the class of antipsychotic medications in whole, addressing topics ranging from the medications' history and the science of how they actually work in the body to the social and legal implications of antipsychotics
  • Provides readers with a holistic understanding of an increasingly important class of medications in an accessible format
  • Presents an unbiased perspective on a class of medications that has been subject to controversy
  • Serves both as an authoritative reference book for students and as a useful source of practical information that will appeal to a general adult audience
Author Info

Jeffrey Kerner, MD, is an attending psychiatrist at Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY. He is forensic coordinator of the Inpatient Unit at MMC-Wakefield and assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Albert Einstein College Of Medicine. Kerner is the author of "Corporate Greed as an American Evil" in Praeger's A History of Evil in Popular Culture: What Hannibal Lecter, Stephen King, and Vampires Reveal about America.

Bridget McCoy, MD, is a general adult psychiatry resident at Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY.



" Each drug or drug group is carefully examined under section headings such as 'Therapeutics,' 'Side Effects,' 'Dosing and Usage,' 'Advantages and Disadvantages,' 'FDA-Approved Uses,' and 'Off-Label Uses.' Each of those headings is further subdivided, which is useful for comparing the utility of one drug with another. . . . Recommended."Choice

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