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Jason Cafer MD

Cafer's Psychopharmacology is essential for any prescriber of psychiatric medication. Filled with pictures, this book makes complex concepts easy to understand and provides tools for remembering more than you thought possible.


To help you match trade names with generic names of medications, this book features mascots akin to the Xyzal "Wise Owl" and Myrbetriq Bladder characters.


Each medication's mascot is incorporated into a visual-mnemonic framework designed for recollection of pharmacokinetic interactions. For instance, CYP2C19 substrates are represented as flowers with CYP2C19 inhibitors as watering cans to make the flowers grow. CYP1A2 substrates are trees to be chopped down by axes (CYP1A2 inducers). Lithium is a battery and anything that interferes with its renal excretion is depicted as a battery charger.

About the Author:

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Dr Jason Cafer is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at University of Missouri-Columbia. From 2019–April 2022 he was Medical Director for Behavioral Health Services at SSM Health/St. Mary's Hospital in Jefferson City, Missouri where he served as attending physician for a bustling 20-bed acute inpatient psychiatric unit. He graduated from University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine in 2003 and completed Psychiatric Residency at the same institution in 2007. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and also the American Board of Preventive Medicine (Addiction Medicine).

Prior to St. Mary's, he practiced inpatient psychiatry at Fulton State Hospital and outpatient at Comprehensive Health Systems.  In 2007 he founded Iconic Health, a medical informatics startup that obtained angel round funding. He was Principal Investigator for Phase I and II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants for "Online Rural Telepsychiatry Platform" (2007-2009) funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.


He is the inventor of United States Patent US8255241B2 which was the subject of an SBIR grant awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services for "Medication IconoGraphs: Visualization of Complex Medication Regimens". He completed Cafers' Psychopharmacology while serving as a preceptor for Stephens College Master of Physician Assistant Studies program. 

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