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Lithium Treatment for Psychiatric Disorders

Authors
  • Barry M. Maletzky
  • James H. Shore
Publication Date
Jun 01, 1978
Source
PMC
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Medicine
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Abstract

Although used around the world since 1949, lithium has come into extensive use in psychiatry in the United States only within the past decade. Before initiating treatment with this drug, physicians must be familiar with the diagnostic scheme of the major affective disorders, the indications and contraindications to lithium's use, and its principles of treatment, including evaluation before lithium therapy, criteria for monitoring blood levels and signs of impending toxicity.

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