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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Thomas L. Pazdernik, PhD (University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This manual is derived from the 12th edition of Goodman & Gilman's The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, known as "G & G" and the most authoritative textbook on pharmacology. This streamlined book focuses on the principles of medical pharmacology and drug therapy, referring readers to the main textbook for research data, references, and pharmacokinetic data in Appendix II. In contrast to the main book, which is unwieldy because of its large size, the manual is as easy to handle as its competitors on the subject of pharmacology.
Purpose: The authors' aim was to abridge the parent text to make core material accessible in a shorter version preferred by students of this era. They have succeeded in producing a book that can be kept next to the student's work station.
Audience: The audience includes nursing, pharmacy, and medical students, but will be greatly cherished by all health professionals as well as researchers concentrating on drug actions and therapeutics.
Features: This manual follows the parent text chapter-by-chapter, focusing on the physiology and pathophysiology of major organ systems and pathogens with respect to pharmacotherapy and the mechanisms of drug actions. Important concepts are highlighted with numerous full color figures, tables, and charts that explain and summarize important information. To keep the manual a manageable size, it refers users to the parent print or online version, available at AccessMedicine.com or AccessPharmacy.com for research information, detailed pharmacokinetic data, structures, and references. Moreover, the online versions also provide regular therapeutic updates and mechanistic animations which are cherished by medical students studying pharmacology. Structures of therapeutic agents have been omitted but are readily available at the book's websites or at PubChem (pubchem.ncbi.nlm.gov/).
Assessment: Because of its bulky nature, I rarely ever open the "G & G" book, but I do keep the manual right next to my computer and use it on a daily basis. When I need information that is not available in the manual, I just click on AccessMedicine.com to find supporting research data, structures, pharmacokinetic information, or references. These two resources provide me with complete access to extensive drug information that I need on a daily basis.