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A Guide to the Extrapyramidal Side Effects of Antipsychotic Drugs
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  • 44 b/w illus. 48 tables
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 (ISBN-13: 9780511036057)

Antipsychotic drugs have revolutionised the management of major psychiatric disorders and the outcomes of those who suffer from them. They are, however, possessed of a range of adverse effects, amongst the most frequent and distressing of which are those resulting in disturbance of voluntary motor function. Extrapyramidal side effects - or E.P.S. - are still poorly recognised and not infrequently misattributed. Despite a vast research literature, there have been few attempts to bring together both the descriptive clinical elements of these disorders and major research conclusions pertinent to routine practice. This very readable and well illustrated 1999 book seeks to rectify this in the hope of increasing clinicians' awareness of the issues and acknowledgement of their impact. This is a task made more rather than less urgent with the emergence of drugs of lower liability but which may promote subtler abnormality than standard compounds.

• Relaxed, readable style • Strong clinical orientation with real case history and diagramatic illustration • Provides detail of examination technique, not readily available from other sources • Places problems in historical and medicolegal context • Suitable as both learning tool and daily reference


1. The background; 2. Some preliminaries; 3. Acute dystonias; 4. Parkinsonism; 5. Akathisia; 6. Tardive dyskinesia; 7. Tardive and chronic dystonia; 8. Involuntary movements and schizophrenia: a limitation to the concept of tardive dyskinesia; 9. Special populations; 10. The clinical examination; 11. An overview of some standardised recording instruments; 12. Some medicolegal and quality of care issues.


'In summary, its clear writing and numerous graphics and tables make this technical book easy to read. It should prove a useful reference for a diverse audience within the realms of psychiatry, neurology, geniatry and general practice.' J. A. Sala-Aymá

'… a most timely book on the extrapyramidal side-effects (EPSE) of antipsychotic drugs'. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry

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