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Clinical Addiction Psychiatry is an anthology of essays that represent the most current and authoritative information now available on addiction theory, practice and research, covering dozens of provocative, fascinating and essential subdomains of the field. Each chapter is authored by a recognized authority in the field and detailed attention is paid to environment, genetics, culture and spirituality as well as treatment and pharmacology. History, street culture, and medical science are brought together in masterful discussions that encompass the full spectrum of addictive disorders, emphasizing assessment and clinical management. This unique resource gathers complex medical and scientific data in a way which is accessible to both health care professionals and readers without medical or psychology backgrounds. Essential reading for addiction counselors and other mental health professionals, this book will also be of interest to patients and their families, and residents and physicians in all fields of medicine.
Severe right ventricular failure complicated a postoperative systemic inflammatory response in a 33-year-old woman after surgical repair of congenital cardiac malformations. Volume loading, and high doses of catecholamines, failed to produce improvement, but treatment with vasopressin improved all haemodynamic parameters, and also allowed reduction of the other inotropes. After 10 days, the patient was discharged in stable condition from the intensive care unit.
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