5-Hydroxytryptamine in Psychiatry

Edited by Merton Sandler, Alec Coppen and Sara Harnett

Published in print February 1991 | ISBN: 9780192620118
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191724725 | DOI:
5-Hydroxytryptamine in Psychiatry

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The field of research in 5-hydroxytryptamine has exploded into furious activity over the past decade and nowhere have the implications been more far reaching than in psychiatry. Thanks largely to the introduction of radioligand-binding techniques, a bewildering variety of 5-hydroxytryptamine receptors has been revealed, and powerful new families of centrally active drugs have emerged. The importance of these new discoveries for psychiatric practice can hardly be exaggerated. To mention but one example, our understanding, and with it the treatment, of obsessive-compulsive disorder has been transformed in a very few years. The excitement continues, and almost daily, some important new insight, usually drug led, alters our whole perception of psychiatric illness. Due to this activity, the CINP chose 5-hydroxytryptamine and psychiatry as the topic for its first President's Workshop. The CINP is an international neuropharmacological organization renowned for its massive, comprehensive, and prestigious biennial congress. It recently decided to complement these with a different type of gathering, a small brain-storming meeting, dominated by a free-flowing discussion. The record of this first President's Workshop is recorded here.

Keywords: 5-hydroxytryptamine; psychiatry; radioligand-binding techniques; receptors; centrally-active drugs; psychiatric practice; obsessive-compulsive disorder; psychiatric illness; CINP; President's Workshop

Book.  364 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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