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From The CriticsReviewer: Eric M. Scholar, PhD (University of Nebraska Medical Center)
Description: This is the eighth edition of this editor's long-standing pharmacology textbook.
Purpose: It is designed to be a complete, authoritative, current, and readable pharmacology textbook.
Audience: This book is written for medical, pharmacy, and health science students as well as house officers and clinicians.
Features: The information is presented in a sequence similar to many pharmacology books, starting with basic principles. Within each chapter, emphasis is placed on drug groups and prototypes. Clinical pharmacology has been made an integral part of this text. At the end of each chapter are lists of commercial preparations available, including trade and generic names as well as the dosage formulations available. In addition to a description of new drugs added since the last edition (1998), this edition contains a new chapter on botanicals and food supplements. Several of the chapters have been revised since the last edition and several new figures have been added. As found in the last edition, the book contains two appendixes, one on biologic products and one on important drug interactions. The editor is well qualified to write this text as are the authors of the different chapters.
Assessment: This is a very good textbook, as were the previous editions. It is a pharmacology book that is complete but that does not contain all the details that some pharmacology books do. The editor achieves a midpoint between books that provide extensive detail and some of the newer ones that are oversimplified. Fortunately, the editor avoids that latter trend in this book. The new chapter on botanicals is an excellent addition considering the widespread use of these drugs in recent years. I thought the editor exaggerated the additions made in this new edition in his preface. He stated that several chapters underwent major revision but upon detailed examination it appeared that the changes were, in most cases, small. Overall, though, it is a very good book.