Unique Book Promises to Guide Mental Health Practitioners to Properly Use Genetic Testing

Ideal pharmacogenetics user guide for the busy practitioner

Dr. David Durham and Dr. Ranjit Thirumaran were deluged with requests by psychiatrists and other mental health practitioners to help explain how pharmacogenetics works.  Finally, they decided to write a book that does just that. The Fortis Caliga Academic Press and the American College of Neurocognitive Medicine are pleased to announce the release of their book Psychiatric Pharmacogenetics from concepts to cases.

"We thought we'd write something that is concise and targeted to the doc or provider that is working hard and has little to search for answers in traditional textbooks," says Dr. Thirumaran.  

In their book, they outline the history and basic physiology of pharmacogenetics, review how this science is changing the regulatory and medico-legal framework, and outline how it can dramatically improve patient outcomes and reduce the side effects from psychotropic medications.  Dr. Durham believes it is time the field of psychiatry and mental health adopt this cutting edge science.

"Given that nearly one in five commonly prescribed drugs now has a pharmacogenetic warning on its package insert, practitioners increasingly have a duty to learn, understand and apply pharmacogenetic technology in their clinical practice."

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"We spend billions of dollars every year managing side effects from psychiatric medications.  When you learn to use pharmacogenetic testing properly, you can save a patient a lost of distress and save society a great deal of money.  It's not a difficult tool to learn to use, even for busy practitioners."  

Psychiatric Pharmacogenetics from concepts to cases is available in e-book format, paperback ($49.99), hardcover and and audio version on Amazon, Barnes and Noble's on-line Nook, Lulu, Kobo and other on-line stores.  Since it's release in mid-January, it has been a best seller in both the genetics and drug reference categories on Amazon.

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Categories: Neurology, Drug Care, Psychiatry and Psychology

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