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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: John D. Seeger, PharmD, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy)
Description: This book is the published proceedings of a conference covering the topic of clinical measurement. The book takes the form of chapters, with each chapter representing one presentation from the conference.
Purpose: The purpose is to encourage clinicians and scientists to give attention to the precision and reproducibility of the measurement of drug effects. This purpose is both necessary and timely, and the authors largely accomplish the stated objective. A scientist or clinician will find this book stimulating and will be encouraged to think of how it applies to his or her individual research.
Audience: The authors indicate that the target audience is the pharmacologist or pharmaceutical scientist. Although these targets are correct, any clinician or scientist involved in the study or use of drugs will find this book interesting.
Features: The book features a few black-and-white illustrations that help make points, but the most useful illustrative feature is the widespread use of tables to present lists or summaries of information. Most of the chapters are referenced, but a few are not.
Assessment: This book represents a useful compilation of information relating to clinical measurement. The nature of the material (published proceedings of conference) makes some of the reading seem "chatty" and leads to variation from chapter to chapter. The advantage of this format is that the chapters are simultaneously entertaining and informative — a rare combination. Libraries or bookstores that serve individuals involved in pharmaceutical research should consider this book.