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Prediction of drug action requires a thorough knowledge of both natural and applied sciences, making pharmacology one of the most challenging subjects for those embarking on careers in the health sciences. Assuming no prior knowledge, Core Concepts in Pharmacology presents a comprehensive, interdisciplinary perspective drawing upon core concepts of anatomy, physiology, and pathology to make drug therapy understandable. An essential book for anyone entering into an allied health occupation, it is appropriate for a stand-alone course or as a resource for anyone looking for a refresher.

Features Include:

  • A FREE CD-ROM containing an interactive mathematics program, as well as animations of drug action
  • A FREE Companion Website containing additional review questions, links to pharmacology resources, and a test bank
  • Learning Objectives and Key Terms at the beginning of each chapter
  • Concept Reviews and Client Teaching boxes throughout each chapter reinforce difficult concepts
  • Chapter-ending review questions allow for critical thinking and review
  • A prototype approach to drug therapy with the most common described in detail and the remaining highlighted in a grid that shows the similarities and differences
  • Mechanism in Action feature shows life-like illustrations of drug action within the body for all prototype drugs - animated versions on the CD-ROM
  • Numerous diagrams and line art for visual learning
  • On the Job feature that discuss how pharmacology is applied the health occupations
  • Alternative and herbal therapies in each drug chapter
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130893291
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Leland Norman Holland, Jr., Ph.D. (Norm) is the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL.  Formerly, he was the Chair in the Division for Health, Mathematics and Science at Pasco-Hernando Community College. He has been actively involved in teaching and preparing students for various health professions including nursing, dentistry, and pharmacy. He comes to the teaching profession after spending several years doing basic science research at the VA Hospital in Augusta, Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia where he received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology. He has taught pharmacology over the course of 10 years at both the undergraduate and graduate level. He is very much dedicated to the success of students and has assisted many in their pursuits to earn healthcare degrees.    


Michael Patrick Adams, PhD., R.T.(R) is the Associate Dean for Health, Mathematics and Science at Pasco-Hernando Community College. He is an accomplished educator, author and national speaker. The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development in Austin, TX named Dr. Adams a Master Teacher. He has been registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists for over 30 years. Dr. Adams obtained his Masters degree in Pharmacology from Michigan State University and his Doctorate in Education at the University of South Florida.



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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction to pharmacology : drug regulation and approval 2
Ch. 2 Drug classes, schedules, and categories 14
Ch. 3 Methods of drug administration 24
Ch. 4 What happens after a drug has been administered 48
Ch. 5 Herbs and dietary supplements 59
Ch. 6 Substance abuse 70
Ch. 7 Drugs affecting functions of the autonomic nervous system 86
Ch. 8 Drugs for anxiety and insomnia 107
Ch. 9 Drugs for emotional and mood disorders 124
Ch. 10 Drugs for psychoses and degenerative diseases of the nervous system 148
Ch. 11 Drugs for seizures 174
Ch. 12 Drugs for pain control 192
Ch. 13 Drugs for anesthesia 215
Ch. 14 Drugs for coagulation disorders 234
Ch. 15 Drugs for hypertension 251
Ch. 16 Drugs for heart failure 277
Ch. 17 Drugs for dysrhythmias 295
Ch. 18 Drugs for angina pectoris, myocardial infarction, and cerebrovascular accident 313
Ch. 19 Drugs for shock and anaphylaxis 333
Ch. 20 Drugs for lipid disorders 347
Ch. 21 Drugs for inflammation, allergies, and immune disorders 364
Ch. 22 Drugs for bacterial infections 393
Ch. 23 Drugs for fungal, viral, and parasitic diseases 421
Ch. 24 Drugs for neoplasia 442
Ch. 25 Drugs for pulmonary disorders 468
Ch. 26 Drugs for gastrointestinal disorders 486
Ch. 27 Vitamins, minerals, and nutritional supplements 510
Ch. 28 Drugs for fluid, acid-base, and electrolyte disorders 524
Ch. 29 Drugs for endocrine disorders 544
Ch. 30 Drugs for disorders and conditions of the reproductive system 572
Ch. 31 Drugs for muscle, bone, and joint disorders 596
Ch. 32 Drugs for skin disorders 622
Ch. 33 Drugs for eye and ear disorders 640
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Pharmacology is one of the most challenging subjects for those embarking on careers in the health sciences. By its very nature, pharmacology is an interdisciplinary subject, borrowing concepts from a wide variety of the natural and applied sciences. Prediction of drug action, the ultimate goal in the study of pharmacology, requires a thorough knowledge of anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and pathology, as well as the social sciences of psychology and sociology. It is the interdisciplinary nature of pharmacology that makes the subject difficult to learn but also makes it fascinating to study.

This text presents pharmacology from an interdisciplinary perspective. The text draws upon core concepts of anatomy, physiology, and pathology in order to make drug therapy more understandable. This text does not assume that the student comes to the course with a strong background in the natural or applied sciences. Although it is true that many students have prerequisite courses prior to attempting introductory pharmacology, such courses may have been taken many years prior. In this text, the prerequisite science-knowledge necessary for understanding drug therapy is reviewed prior to presenting the core concepts in pharmacology.


Core Concepts

The authors have created a concise means of communicating the most important pharmacologic information to the student. Through the use of numbered Core Concepts, the student can quickly identify key ideas. These core concepts are stated at the beginning of each chapter so the student gets an overview of what is to be learned. Concept Reviews are questions placed strategicallythroughout the chapter to stimulate student comprehension and retention. Also, Concept Summaries are repeated at the end of the chapter, which include brief summary of the important concepts.

Disease and Body System Approach

Core Concepts in Pharmacology is organized according to body systems and diseases. This clearly places the drugs in context with how they are used therapeutically. The student can easily locate all relevant anatomy, physiology, pathology, and pharmacology in the same chapter in which the drugs are discussed.

Prototype Approach to Drug Therapy

The vast number of drugs taught in a pharmacology course is staggering. To facilitate learning, a prototype approach is used in which the one or two most representative drugs in each classification are introduced in detail. Drug Profile boxes are used to clearly indicate these important medications.

Pharmacology as a Visual Discipline

For many students, learning can be a highly visual process. Core Concepts in Pharmacology is the first pharmacology text to incorporate Mechanisms in Action, which use computer animations to clearly demonstrate drug action. A colorful graphic of the animation is included in many of the Drug Profile boxes along with a description of the drug action. The complete animation, including audio narrations that describe each step of the mechanism, are provided on the included student CD-ROM. This text also incorporates generous use of figures and diagrams to illustrate and summarize key concepts.

Health Professions Focus

Core Concepts in Pharmacology uses an interdisciplinary approach to pharmacology that is applicable for all basic nursing and allied health professions. Practical nurses, respiratory therapists, radiographers, EMTs, paramedics, physical therapist assistants, patient care assistants, home health care workers, and those beginning the allied health occupations can benefit from the unique structure and clarity of the text. On the Job boxes, included in most chapters, show the student the application of pharmacology by various health professionals.

The Health Professional as Teacher

It is not sufficient for a health professional to only learn pharmacology. It is equally important to learn to communicate pharmacological knowledge to clients and other members of the public. To help the student achieve the ability to communicate pharmacology, each drug chapter contains concise Client Teaching boxes which apply fundamental patient care principles to pharmacology.

Holistic Pharmacology

Core Concepts in Pharmacology approaches pharmacology from a holistic perspective. Throughout the text, the relationship between lifestyle habits, such as proper body weight, exercise, and nutrition, to pharmacology are discussed. Most chapters contain a Natural Alternative feature which presents a popular herbal or dietary supplement that may be considered along with conventional drugs. The FastFacts feature puts the disease in a social and economic perspective.

Medical Terminology

Pharmacology and other medical sciences use a unique language that can be overwhelming for beginning students. In each chapter of Core Concepts in Pharmacology key terms are defined at the beginning of each chapter, and each term includes the page number on which the first reference to the word can be found. Key terms are placed in blue boldface type throughout the text. Since pronunciation of medical terms is often difficult, a phonetic pronunciation is provided for difficult key terms. Phonetic pronunciations are also provided in the index for the generic name of each drug. Word roots are included in the margins to help the student identify prefixes and suffixes essential to medical word-building. An audio glossary can be found at the Companion Website and the free Student CD-ROM.

PharMedia and PharmLinks

PharMedia is included at the beginning of each chapter. This feature guides the student to resources, interactive exercises, and animations for that chapter on the Student CDROM and Companion Website. PharMedia serves as a gateway to additional learning. PharmLinks invite the student to perform specific web activities or to consult the accompanying CD-ROM.


To enhance the teaching and learning process, an attractive media-focused supplements package for both students and faculty has been developed in close correlation with Core Concepts in Pharmacology. The full complement of supplemental teaching materials is available to all qualified instructors from your Prentice Hall Health Sales Representative.

Student CD-ROM. The Student CD-ROM is packaged free with each copy of the textbook. It provides thirty animations showing how drug action occurs at the cellular and system levels. These animations build upon the feature in the textbook entitled, Mechanism in Action, and help students visualize these difficult concepts. The CD-ROM also includes NCLEX-PN Review questions that emphasize application of care and client education related to drug administration. Students can test their knowledge and gain immediate feedback through rationales for right and wrong answers. In addition, Concept Review questions provide students an additional opportunity for applying their knowledge. Students will also find the audio glossary and objectives useful for review. Finally, the CD-ROM allows access to the Companion Website described below (internet connection required).

Student Workbook. A Student Workbook for Core Concepts in Pharmacology has been developed to closely parallel the text. The Workbook contains a variety of question types and a large number of practice questions and learning activities. Other study aids may be found at the Companion Website.

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