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From The CriticsReviewer: David B. Bylund, PhD(University of Nebraska Medical Center)
Description: This is a comprehensive pharmacology textbook intended for students and professionals in all medical fields. It describes in detail the therapeutic and side effects of drugs and their mechanisms of action. The previous edition was published in 1996.
Purpose: "The stated objectives of the book are the same as those of the original edition published in 1941: correlation of pharmacology with related medical sciences; the action and uses of drugs from the viewpoint of important advances in medicine; and the application of the mechanism of drug action to therapeutics. "
Audience: "Previous editions have been used extensively by physicians, pharmacists, dentists, and other healthcare professionals, and this edition will be similarly used. It is the required text for many medical, pharmacy, and graduate pharmacology courses, and a useful reference for other health professional students. "
Features: "This book covers all of the important topics related to pharmacology. It often has more detail than is needed at the student level, but it is an indispensable reference for students and professionals alike. The more detailed information is often given in a smaller typeface, which is quite useful to the reader. The illustrations and tables are well done and effective. Appendix II provides a wealth of careful, referenced pharmacokinetic data. The book is up-to-date and comprehensive in its coverage. Several chapters, such as the one on pharmacokinetics, have been extensively revised in this edition. "
Assessment: The field of pharmacology is rapidly changing as new information on the mechanism of action of drugs is discovered and new drugs are discovered, developed, and brought to market. Thus, frequent updates to texts and reference works are sorely needed. A Web version of this text would be well received by users. As the most comprehensive of all the pharmacology textbooks, this edition continues the excellent tradition of this icon in pharmacology. It is the "gold standard" of pharmacology texts, and is often affectionately referred to by pharmacologists as the "bible."