Prescribing Together: A Relational Guide to Psychopharmacology
While many other books have focused on what to prescribe for given conditions, this volume is more concerned with how to prescribe: how to talk to patients about medications, how to understand the cultural and social factors that affect how both clinicians and patients relate to medication, and how to build trust in the relationship.
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About the Author
Warren A. Kinghorn, M.D., Th.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center; Esther Colliflower Associate Professor of the Practice of Pastoral and Moral Theology and Co-Director of the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative at Duke Divinity School; and Staff Psychiatrist at Durham VA Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.
Abraham M. Nussbaum, M.D., M.T.S., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Assistant Dean of Graduate Medical Education at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and Chief Education Officer at Denver Health in Denver, Colorado.
This is an important and useful contribution to the field. As prescribing moves more and more towards an algorithmic approach, this book provides an important reminder that the doctor-patient relationship is every bit as important as the pharmacological treatment. It reminds us that prescribing does not exist in a bubble, and that medication treatment is itself a form of psychotherapy. The book draws heavily on the psychodynamic pharmacology work of David Mintz but also extends his work to other areas. It is written in an easily accessible manner, and I recommend it to all new psychiatric prescribers.