For this fourth edition of Stahl’s Essential Psychopharmacology you will notice there is a new look and feel. With a new layout, displayed over two columns, and an increased page size we have eliminated redundancies across chapters, have added significant new material, and yet have decreased the overall size of the book. One of the major themes emphasized in this new edition is the notion of symptom endophenotypes, or dimensions of psychopathology that cut across numerous syndromes. This is seen perhaps most dramatically in the organization of numerous disorders of impulsivity/compulsivity, where impulsivity and/or compulsivity are present in many psychiatric conditions and thus “travel” trans-diagnostically without respecting.
What has not changed in this new edition is the didactic style of the first three editions. This text attempts to present the fundamentals of psychopharmacology in simplified and readily readable form. We emphasize current formulations of disease mechanisms and also drug mechanisms. As in previous editions, the text is not extensively referenced to original papers, but rather to textbooks and reviews and a few selected original papers, with only a limited reading list for each chapter, but preparing the reader to consult more sophisticated textbooks as well as the professional literature. (Stahl’s Essential Psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applications 4th Edition; Stephen M. Stahl, Nancy Muntner; Cambridge University Press ; Preface: Page ix)