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From The CriticsReviewer: Thomas L. Pazdernik, PhD (University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This book evolved 30 years ago from a series of lecture notes by three young educators at the University of Glasgow, who compiled and edited these notes into an excellent learning resource for young doctors in training. This edition is the first that doesn't have any of the original editors, but it carries on the tradition of providing a concise bridge from the basic sciences to the art of prescribing therapeutic drugs for doctors in training.
Purpose: The goal is to provide a brief, clearly written, and up to-to-date review of clinical pharmacology. The editors have done an outstanding job of achieving this goal.
Audience: Medical students, junior doctors, and other prescribers are the intended audience.
Features: The three parts of the book cover principles, aspects of therapeutics in the treatment of disease, and the practical aspects of prescribing therapeutic agents. The chapters are well organized and written and each includes high yield boxes containing relevant clinical scenarios, prescribing points, and key points. Summary tables and well-constructed, simple figures emphasizing key mechanisms are appropriately used. Doctors in training will definitely cherish the last part that deals with the practical aspects of prescribing drugs and includes topics such as individual dosing, role of hepatic and renal disease in prescribing medications, special considerations for the young and elderly, drugs used during pregnancy and breastfeeding, pharmacoeconomics, overdoses, emergency drugs, and prescribing pitfalls. At the end there is a self-assessment exam followed by answers to the questions. The book is not meant to be comprehensive, but provides a concise summary of concepts and information that doctors must master to safely prescribe drugs.
Assessment: This is an excellent resource for doctors in training who must master the principles of clinical pharmacology in order to prescribe therapeutic agents safely in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases.