Basic Concepts in Pharmacology: A Student's Survival Guide / Edition 2

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The best way for students to learn and understand the most complex pharmacology concepts. Includes a comprehensive review of drugs necessary to passing the course and preparing for the USMLE. Includes updated information on poisoning/toxicology, and coverage of new classes of drugs. Easy to format, includes tables, charts, and an approach that really works.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Thomas M. Guenthner
This book is a review/companion text designed primarily as a study guide for first- and second-year medical students who are taking medical pharmacology. Because it utilizes unique concepts of organization and learning strategy, it distinguishes itself from other pharmacology review/companion texts and establishes a valuable niche for itself. This book is not primarily intended to serve as a review for board exams, but rather provides a framework or strategy for the systematic assimilation of the large number of facts that students are expected to learn and assimilate in a medical pharmacology course. This is a worthy objective, and the author appears to have succeeded admirably. Although it could be used for review purposes after completion of a lecture-based course, it will probably be most useful to students when used as a study guide in concert with a full text throughout such a course. The book provides strategies whereby students can efficiently identify the most important facts they need to learn about different classes of drugs. It suggests prioritized ^^levels of knowledge,^^ ranging from the highest (mechanism of action of the drug's class) to lowest (chemical structure of the drug), which provide the student with a framework for efficient study. It highlights in boxes throughout the text briefly stated but crucial points that need to be learned, and suggests that the student move on if he or she is comfortable in his or her knowledge of a particular point or use a textbook for in-depth study if not. This is a very efficient way of organizing study effort. The book is written in a familiar, almost colloquial style that is very reassuring. The illustrations are adequate,but not overdone. This is an excellent book that will help students greatly, and I intend to recommend it highly to my own students.
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Reviewer: Thomas M. Guenthner, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This book is a review/companion text designed primarily as a study guide for first- and second-year medical students who are taking medical pharmacology. Because it utilizes unique concepts of organization and learning strategy, it distinguishes itself from other pharmacology review/companion texts and establishes a valuable niche for itself.
Purpose: This book is not primarily intended to serve as a review for board exams, but rather provides a framework or strategy for the systematic assimilation of the large number of facts that students are expected to learn and assimilate in a medical pharmacology course. This is a worthy objective, and the author appears to have succeeded admirably.
Audience: Although it could be used for review purposes after completion of a lecture-based course, it will probably be most useful to students when used as a study guide in concert with a full text throughout such a course. The book provides strategies whereby students can efficiently identify the most important facts they need to learn about different classes of drugs.
Features: It suggests prioritized ^^levels of knowledge,^^ ranging from the highest (mechanism of action of the drug's class) to lowest (chemical structure of the drug), which provide the student with a framework for efficient study. It highlights in boxes throughout the text briefly stated but crucial points that need to be learned, and suggests that the student move on if he or she is comfortable in his or her knowledge of a particular point or use a textbook for in-depth study if not. This is a very efficient way of organizing study effort. The book is written in a familiar, almost colloquial style that is very reassuring. The illustrations are adequate, but not overdone.
Assessment: This is an excellent book that will help students greatly, and I intend to recommend it highly to my own students.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071356992
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 11/3/2000
  • Series: Basic Concept Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 285
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Where to start 1
Ch. 2 Receptor theory 7
Ch. 3 Absorption, distribution, and clearance 14
Ch. 4 Pharmacokinetics 20
Ch. 5 Drug metabolism and renal elimination 29
Ch. 6 Review of the autonomic nervous system 33
Ch. 7 Cholinergic agonists 44
Ch. 8 Cholinergic antagonists 50
Ch. 9 Adrenergic agonists 55
Ch. 10 Adrenergic antagonists 62
Ch. 11 Antihypertensive drugs 71
Ch. 12 Drugs used in ischemic heart disease and congestive heart failure 83
Ch. 13 Antiarrhythmic drugs 88
Ch. 14 Drugs that affect blood 96
Ch. 15 Lipid-lowering drugs 105
Ch. 16 Drugs used in Alzheimer's disease 111
Ch. 17 Anxiolytic and hypnotic drugs 113
Ch. 18 Antidepressants and lithium 121
Ch. 19 Antipsychotics or neuroleptics 128
Ch. 20 Drugs used in Parkinson's disease 133
Ch. 21 Antiepileptic drugs 137
Ch. 22 Narcotics (opiates) 142
Ch. 23 General anesthetics 148
Ch. 24 Local anesthetics 153
Ch. 25 Introduction to chemotherapy 159
Ch. 26 Inhibitors of cell wall synthesis 165
Ch. 27 Protein synthesis inhibitors 174
Ch. 28 Folate antagonists 181
Ch. 29 Quinolones and uninary tract antiseptics 183
Ch. 30 Drugs used in tuberculosis and leprosy 186
Ch. 31 Antifungal drugs 191
Ch. 32 Anthelmintic drugs 196
Ch. 33 Antiviral drugs 199
Ch. 34 Antiprotozoal drugs 204
Ch. 35 Anticancer drugs 208
Ch. 36 Adrenocortical hormones 225
Ch. 37 Sex steroids 230
Ch. 38 Thyroid and parathyroid drugs 239
Ch. 39 Insulin, glucagon, and oral hypoglycemic drugs 243
Ch. 40 Histamine and antihistamines 251
Ch. 41 Respiratory drugs 254
Ch. 42 Drugs that affect the GI tract 258
Ch. 43 Nonnarcotic analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs 263
Ch. 44 Immunosuppressives 272
Ch. 45 Drugs used in osteoporosis 274
Ch. 46 Toxicology and poisoning 278
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