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From The CriticsReviewer: Zina T. Saidi, Pharm.D.(Jeanes Hospital)
Description: This is the fourth edition of a book that presents clinical cases encountered by clinical pharmacists in all specialties. The previous edition was published in 2004.
Purpose: The purpose is to bridge the gap between theory and clinical knowledge. Pharmacists' roles have changed in recent years, as they are becoming more active members of the medical team. This book continues the professional development of pharmacists, helping them become better and more effective communicators.
Audience: The book is intended written for consultant and community pharmacists, as well as others who want to improve their clinical skills. It also would be helpful for newly graduated pharmacy students on clinical rotations and residents.
Features: The topics covered by the clinical case studies are those that pharmacists encounter in their practices, such as hypertension, renal failure, Crohn's disease, dementia, eczema, and managing adverse events. The cases and questions appear at the beginning of each chapter, with the answers provided at the end to allow readers to work through cases. Recommended reading lists appear at the end of each chapter to supplement the information provided in the answers. The book includes notes on how to use it, as well as a list of abbreviations.
Assessment: This edition includes new disease states in oncology, Crohn's disease, and psoriasis, and many chapters have been revised to reflect the major advances that have occurred since the previous edition. Readers should note that the lab values are those used in the U.K. and some of the drugs have not been approved in the U.S. References in the answer sections refer to British and European guidelines.