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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Olga M. Klibanov, PharmD (Temple University School of Pharmacy)
Description: This book provides an overview of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles. It includes specific pharmacokinetic chapters on aminoglycosides, vancomycin, theophylline, phenytoin, and digoxin.
Purpose: The purpose is to teach pharmacokinetic principles and how they apply to clinical settings. The book meets these worthy objectives.
Audience: The book is written for pharmacy students and pharmacy trainees. The author is a credible authority.
Features: Besides reviewing pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles, the book also teaches how to apply these principles to drug dosing of aminoglycosides, vancomycin, theophylline, phenytoin, and digoxin. The practice problems are the best feature of the book. The shortcoming of the book is that it doesn't cover other medications, such as antiarrhythmics, or include chapters on dosing in special populations (e.g., obesity, critically-ill, pediatrics, etc.).
Assessment: There are multiple books in this field. This offers a simplified, practical look at the basic principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.