Meyler’s Side Effects of Psychiatric Drugs
Meyler’s Side Effects of Psychiatric Drugs by J.K. Aronson pdf
was a physician who was treated for tuberculosis after the end of the Nazi occupation of The Netherlands. According to Professor Wim Lammers, writing a tribute in Volume VIII (1975), Meyler got a fever from para-aminosalicylic acid, but elsewhere Graham Dukes has written, based on information from Meyler’s widow, that it was deafness from dihydrostreptomycin; perhaps it was both. Meyler discovered that there was no single text to which medical practitioners could look for information about unwanted effects of drug therapy; Louis Lewin’s text “Die Nebenwirkungen der Arzneimittel” (“The Untoward Effects of Drugs”) of 1881 had long been out of print (SEDA-27, xxv-xxix).
Meyler therefore determined to make such information available and persuaded the Netherlands publishing firm of Van Gorcum to publish a book, in Dutch, entirely devoted to descriptions of the adverse effects that drugs could cause. He went on to agree with the Elsevier Publishing Company, as it was then called, to prepare and issue an English translation. The first edition of 192 pages (Schadelijke Nevemverkingen van Geneesmiddelen) appeared in 1951 and the English version (Side Effects of Drugs) a year later.
The book was a great success, and a few years later Meyler started to publish what he called surveys of unwanted effects of drugs. Each survey covered a period of two to four years. They were labelled as volumes rather than editions, and after Volume IV had been published Meyler could no longer handle the task alone. For subsequent volumes he recruited collaborators, such as Andrew Herxheimer. In September 1973 Meyler died unexpectedly, and Elsevier invited Graham Dukes to take over the editing of Volume VIII.
Dukes persuaded Elsevier that the published literature was too large to be comfortably encompassed in a four-yearly cycle, and he suggested that the volumes should be produced annually instead.
The four-yearly volume could then concentrate on providing a complementary critical encyclopaedic survey of the entire field. The first Side Effects of Drugs Annual was published in 1977. The first encyclopaedic edition of Meyler’s Side Effects of Drugs, which appeared in 1980, was labelled the ninth edition, and since then a new encyclopaedic edition has appeared every four years. The 15th edition was published in 2006, in both hard and electronic versions.
This volume is in six sections:
• antidepressants—a general introduction to their adverse effects, followed by monographs on individual drugs and groups of drugs (including lithium);
• neuroleptic drugs—a general introduction to their adverse effects, followed by monographs on individual drugs;
• hypnosedatives—a general introduction to their adverse effects, followed by monographs on individual drugs;
• drugs of abuse;
• drugs used to treat Alzheimer’s disease;
• psychological and psychiatric adverse effects of nonpsychoactive drugs.
In each monograph in the Meyler series the information is organized into sections as shown below (although not all the sections are covered in each monograph).
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