Neurological DrugsVikas Dhikav MBBS, MD (3 years, AIIMS), PhD (Neurology), DSc (Honorary) Fellowship in Cognitive Neurology Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychopharmacology Honorary Professor International School of Medicine International University of Kyrgyzstan (ISM-IUK) Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Former Visiting Faculty Southern Medical University Jinan Medical University, Dali University Wuhan, Nanchang and Luzhou Universities People Republic of China Consultant Indian Council of Medical Research Department of Health Research Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Government of India, New Delhi, India Forewords Professor (Dr) Balram Bhargava KS Anand
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Professional information on drugs used in neurological disorders is limited in Indian context. Neurological Drugs is an attempt to update postgraduates and practicing doctors about the neurological drug therapy.
The author has attempted to include several topics in this small volume, yet the book may be concise but is comprehensive. The presentation is lucid and the language is simple.
The author needs to be congratulated for the excellent efforts in the direction of brining this book. I hope the book will be very useful for the intended audience and for anyone who is interested in the practice of neurology/psychiatry/neuropsychiatry.
Neurological drugs is a unique compilation of Neurology Drug Reference in India. In this small but comprehensive book, the author has been able to successfully combine the Art and Science used in treatment of Neurological Disorders. This book is the first of its kind for Indian subcontinent and will go a long way in providing first hand knowledge to budding physicians, neurologists and psychiatrists alike.
DM (Neuro) MNAMS (Neuro) FIAN FAMS FRCP (London)
FICP FIAMS FIMSA FIACM MBA
Fellowship in Movement Disorders (USA) and
Member, American Academy of Neurology
Professor of Neurology
Senior Consultant Neurologist and Head
Department of Neurology
Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh and
Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital
New Delhi, IndiaPreface
Neurological Drugs is perceived as one of the most difficult topics during entire medical curriculum. In the MBBS, when the foundation for being the medical doctor is being laid; this topic is either not taught or is taught at a superficial level.
In MD, when the Master Degree training program is in full flow, not enough attention is given to this. Additionally, no lectures are held for MD students assuming this would have been done at MBBS level.
At DM level, when one is expected to have an astute understanding of neuropharmacology; clinical details and follow-up consume much of the time. Again this topic takes back seat, at the final time, when it should have been finally dealt. Hence, hardly any time is left for trainee to get hold of this valuable subject. The present book is aimed at fulfilling these gaps.
One of the challenges while writing this book was that the available information comes from the west which may not be relevant. For example, dose requirements may be different, and pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic differences may be prominent in some cases. Western patients may have faster metabolic speed leading to smaller blood levels at lower doses (which may be appropriate in Asian patients). Hence, it is important to have Indian reference dose range that our hardworking clinicians have been using since ages. Unfortunately, in the absence of published data, it becomes difficult to produce a unifying source for the same. However, the present book can be a starting point and with passage of time such details will emerge and the growth of the book can be proportional.
I wish to acknowledge the help of Memory Clinic, Department of Neurology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh and Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi, India for offering generous support in writing this book.
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