Book Review: The Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines. 9th Edition

My choice of a book to review this week is one that is well respected in the UK and rightly so – the Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines. I’ve seen this grow from a thin booklet to the current edition of 543 pages with the weight of the Maudsley behind it. The book is divided into small sections of a few pages, each section being heavily referenced. There are many sections in the book providing evidence-based answers to various prescribing related questions covering schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, child and adolescent prescribing, substance misuse, dementia and a number of other conditions.

Although the NICE guidelines also provide advice in many areas of psychiatry the Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines gives guidance on many practical issues such as how to switch from one antidepressant to another, what to try when some of the more common options haven’t worked and multiple factors that affect drug efficacy. The Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines also precis NICE guidelines where appropriate. During the writing of this edition, the founding editor Professor Robert Kerwin sadly passed away and he has left a legacy which will undoubtedly help the lives of many people.

The Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines provides the psychiatrist with a comprehensive and indispensible reference guide covering the breadth of psychiatry.


Taylor D, Paton C and Kerwin R. The Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines. 9th Edition. Informa Healthcare. 2007


The comments made here represent the opinions of the author and do not represent the profession or any body/organisation. The comments made here are not meant as a source of medical advice and those seeking medical advice are advised to consult with their own doctor.


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