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From The CriticsReviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This book uses a tabular format to depict the interactions that may occur when prescribing a number of different medications.
Purpose: The authors note the number of hospitalizations and deaths that occur annually because of drug interactions and medication overdosages as their reason for providing this excellent, concise reference. Clearly, a book such as this is needed, and the authors have developed a format that is easy to use.
Audience: This would be valuable for all clinicians. To their credit, the authors have generally stayed with generic medicine names to avoid the confounding problems of referring to trade or proprietary medication names. This decision makes the book useful to both U.K. and U.S. clinicians.
Features: The format is primarily tabular, with sections based upon general usage categories, e.g. anticancer and immunomodulating drugs; anticoagulants; antidiabetic drugs; etc. This is a very useful delineation that I found very easy to use, based upon what I intended to prescribe. At the beginning of each section, there are some general considerations regarding the class of medications, but not to the depth where it becomes tedious. The tables are the meat of the book.
Assessment: There are not many comprehensive books that address this common problem and as one of the early works, this is an excellent start. This is valuable as a desk reference for every clinician's desk and for every hospital nursing station.