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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Laurel A. Eisenhauer, RN, PhD, FAAN (Boston College School of Nursing)
Description: This is a basic introductory pharmacology text currently in its 11th edition. It was originally published in 1957.
Purpose: The original aim of the first edition related to concern for the "administration of medication with concern for safety and precision and attention to physiologic factors" has been expanded to have increased emphasis on the need for monitoring and for patient teaching to ensure safe self-care. Although there is material on these aspects, especially as applied to the acute care or institutional setting, there is little on aspects of home care and psychosocial issues such as noncompliance.
Audience: Although the audience is not specified by the authors, it would appear to appropriate for students preparing for a technical level of practice. The author team is well qualified, with one a pharmacist and the other a nursing faculty member in an associate degree program. Consultants from LPN and baccalaureate programs are also used.
Features: This text is well illustrated with color photos and figures. Color is used liberally in the illustrations and also within the text to highlight organization and pedagogical features. Content related to drugs is arranged according to patient condition. The nursing process is used as a framework; a sixth right — the need to document — is a useful point of emphasis. No references are provided. The text comes in softcover and is easy to handle and carry.
Assessment: This basic text in pharmacology provides an introduction to safe drug administration and an introductory understanding of pharmacology. The most appropriate audience would be LPN or ADN students. The discussion of drug therapy is arranged by patient conditions; the nursing process is used to discuss the nursing aspects. There is excellent use of color and illustrations to enhance the pedagogical features.