Basic Concepts in Pharmacology: What you Need to Know for Each Drug Class, Fourth Edition / Edition 4

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Overview

A time-saving, stress-reducing approach to learning the essential concepts of pharmacology

Great for USMLE review!

"This could be a very useful tool for students who struggle with understanding the most basic concepts in pharmacology for course and licensure examinations. 3 Stars."—Doody's Review Service

Basic Concepts in Pharmacology provides you with a complete framework for studying -– and understanding — the fundamental principles of drug actions. With this unique learning system, you’ll be able to identify must-know material, recognize your strengths and weaknesses, minimize memorization, streamline your study, and build your confidence. Basic Concepts in Pharmacology presents drugs by class, details exactly what you need to know about each class, and reinforces key concepts and definitions.

With this innovative text you’ll be able to:

  • Recognize the concepts you truly must know before moving on to other material
  • Understand the fundamental principles of drug actions
  • Organize and condense the drug information you must remember
  • Review key information, which is presented in boxes, illustrations, and tables
  • Identify the most important drugs in each drug class

Seven sections specifically designed to simplify the learning process and help you gain an understanding of the most important concepts:

  • General Principles
  • Drugs That Affect the Autonomic Nervous System
  • Drugs That Affect the Cardiovascular System
  • Drugs That Act on the Central Nervous System
  • Chemotherapeutic Agents
  • Drugs That Affect the Endocrine System
  • Miscellaneous Drugs (Includes Toxicology and Poisoning)
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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Thomas L. Pazdernik, PhD (University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: "This book focuses on the main concepts that students must understand about important drug classes to foster their mastery of pharmacology. It is not designed to be a standalone review of the field. "
Purpose: The author notes that this is not a conventional review book for pharmacology, but it should help students organize their attack on learning hundreds of drugs typically covered in most pharmacology courses. This book serves that role as long as students recognize that this book itself is not sufficient for the mastery of pharmacology required for the practice of medicine.
Audience: It is useful for any students who are required to learn about pharmacology in the pursuit of their education.
Features: The book is divided into seven sections specifically designed to simplify the learning process in understanding the most important concepts in pharmacology. It presents drugs by classes and attempts to detail exactly what students need to know about each class. It provides important drug information in convenient boxes, tables, and illustrations, and identifies the most important drugs in each class. It is meant to reduce the stress of mastering the complexities about drug actions in the practice of medicine. It is very high yield, as long as students realize that this is only a supplement to more complete treatises on the subject. It lacks review questions required for mastery of the subject for course and licensure examinations.
Assessment: This could be a very useful tool for students who struggle with understanding the most basic concepts in pharmacology for course and licensure examinations.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Thomas L. Pazdernik, PhD(University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: "This book focuses on the main concepts that students must understand about important drug classes to foster their mastery of pharmacology. It is not designed to be a standalone review of the field. "
Purpose: The author notes that this is not a conventional review book for pharmacology, but it should help students organize their attack on learning hundreds of drugs typically covered in most pharmacology courses. This book serves that role as long as students recognize that this book itself is not sufficient for the mastery of pharmacology required for the practice of medicine.
Audience: It is useful for any students who are required to learn about pharmacology in the pursuit of their education.
Features: The book is divided into seven sections specifically designed to simplify the learning process in understanding the most important concepts in pharmacology. It presents drugs by classes and attempts to detail exactly what students need to know about each class. It provides important drug information in convenient boxes, tables, and illustrations, and identifies the most important drugs in each class. It is meant to reduce the stress of mastering the complexities about drug actions in the practice of medicine. It is very high yield, as long as students realize that this is only a supplement to more complete treatises on the subject. It lacks review questions required for mastery of the subject for course and licensure examinations.
Assessment: This could be a very useful tool for students who struggle with understanding the most basic concepts in pharmacology for course and licensure examinations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071741040
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 209,952
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet L. Stringer, MD, PhD

Dean, Science and Technology

Canada College

Redwood City, CA

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Where to Start; Part 1: General Principles; Chapter 2. Receptor Theory; Chapter 3. Absorption, Distribution and Clearance; Chapter 4. Pharmacokinetics; Chapter 5. Drug Metabolism and Renal Elimination; Part II: Autonomics; Chapter 6. Review of the Autonomic Nervous System; Chapter 7. Cholinergic Agonists; Chapter 8. Cholinergic Antagonists; Chapter 9. Adrenergic Agonists; Chapter 10. Adrenergic Antagonists; Part III: Drugs That Affect the Cardiovascular System; Chapter 11. Drugs that Improve Cardiac Contractility; Chapter 12. Antihypertensive Drugs; Chapter 13. Drugs that Treat Heart Failure; Chapter 14. Antiarrrhytmic Drugs; Chapter 15. Drugs that Affect Blood; Chapter 16. Lipid-Lowering Drugs; Part IV: Drugs Acting on the Central Nervous System; Chapter 17. Anxiolytic and Hynotic Drugs; Chapter 18. Antidepressants and Lithium; Chapter 19. Antipsychoyics or Neuroleptics; Chapter 20. Drugs Used in Parkinson's Disease; Chapter 21. Antiepileptic Drugs; Chapter 22 Narcotics; Chapter 23. General Anesthetics; Chapter 24. Local Anesthetics; Chapter 25. Introduction to Chemotherapy; Chapter 26. Inhibitors of Cell Wall Synthesis; Chapter 27. Proteins Synthesis Inhibitors; Chapter 28. Folate Anatgonists; Chapter 29. Quinolones and Urinary Tract Antiseptics; Chapter 30. Drugs Used in Tuberculosis and Leprosy; Chapter 31. Antifungal Drugs; Chapter 32. Anthelmintic Drugs; Chapter 33. Antiviral Drugs; Chapter 34. Antiprotozoal Drugs; Chapter 35. Anticancer Drugs; Part VI: Drugs that Affect the Endocrine System; Chapter 36. Andrenocortical Hormones; Chapter 37. Sex Steroids; Chapter 38. Thyroid and Antithyroid DrugsChapter 39. Insulin, Glucagon and Oral Hypoglycemic Drugs; Part VII: Miscellaneous Drugs; Chapter 40. Histamine and Antihistamines; Chapter 41. Respiratory Drugs; Chapter 42. Drugs that Affect the GI Tract; Chapter 43. Nonnarcotic Analgesics and Anti-Inflammatory Drugs; Chapter 44. Immunosuppressives; Chapter 45. Drugs Used in Osteoporosis; Chapter 46. Toxicology and poisoning

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