British Association for Psychopharmacology The First 40 Years

The 1950s and 1960s saw the introduction of range of new medications to treat psychiatric illness including the first antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs. Some of these drugs are still in use today. The rapid increase in the use of pharmacological treatments, and a desire to examine both their efficacy and understand their mechanisms of action, resulted in the need for psychiatrists and preclinical scientists to meet and discuss their findings. This desire brought about the formation of the British Association for Psychopharmacology (BAP) in 1974. This book starts with an historic overview of therapeutic approaches for severe psychiatric illness in the 20th Century, before detailing the history of the BAP from its formation until its 40th Anniversary meeting in 2014. It also examines the role of the BAP in education and the foundation and success of its own journal the Journal of Psychopharmacology. The authors are both long-standing members of the BAP. One (ARG) is a preclinical pharmacologist, and the other (PMH) is a psychiatrist, and their hope is that the book will prove interesting not only to both preclinical and clinical psychopharmacologists, but also clinicians, neuroscientists and historians.

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