The Hands-on Guide to Clinical Pharmacology / Edition 3

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Are you about to sit your pharmacology exams? Do you lack confidence in prescribing? Would it help to have a quick reference, pocket-sized reassurance on common drugs and the conditions that they are used in? The Hands-on Guide to Clinical Pharmacology, Third Edition, is the perfect companion for students, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals who need help on the ward or are preparing for exams. It includes sections containing both treatment regimens of common conditions and detailed information on the relevant drugs that help you obtain a better understanding of therapeutic management. The benefits include:
• A-Z of over 100 key drugs in a one-drug-per-page format
• A systems-based approach
• Fully indexed text
• Clear explanations of drug mechanisms - a regular feature of pharmacology exams
• Management guidelines for common conditions within each system
• Brand new two-colour design to help with information retrieval
• A new chapter on chemotherapy agents Take the stress out of clinical pharmacology with The Hands-on Guide!

"...written by students for students & ensured for accuracy by senior advisors this pocket guide is highly relevant on and off hospital wards with each drug listed with information on Indications, Mechanism, Side Effects etc."

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Thomas L. Pazdernik, PhD (University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This pocket manual on clinical pharmacology has been successfully used for over 10 years by U.K. and other practitioners of medicine. The third edition brings this resource up to date with current guidelines for medical management of diseases.
Purpose: The author's stated goals are to provide a revision aid for all students involved in the study of clinical pharmacology and, secondly, a user-friendly rapid reference for medical students, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals. This second objective is well met with this resource.
Audience: The book is most suitable for practitioners who need rapid information on medications for their day-to-day activities. However, pocket manuals have lost some of their luster with the availability of so many easy-to-use electronic devices.
Features: Each chapter is devoted to one of 15 disease categories, providing current management guidelines for the disease followed by A-to-Z coverage of the most important drugs, in a bulleted format, used to manage the disease.
Assessment: This is an excellent resource for practitioners who prefer pocket manuals over electronic devices as a quick reference during their busy day. It is more valuable to European than U.S. practitioners because of some differences in approved drugs and prescribing guidelines. U.S. medical practitioners may prefer Pharmacology for the Boards and Wards, 2nd edition, Ayala and Spellberg (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007), as a pocket manual to carry in their laboratory coat, but it needs to be updated.
From the Publisher
"The book is most suitable for practitioners who need rapid information on medications for their day-to-day activities . . . This is an excellent resource for practitioners who prefer pocket manuals over electronic devices as a quick reference during their busy day." (Doody's, 19 August 2011)

Since the publication of the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine in 1985, a plethora of similar pocket-sized guides to a wide variety of medical specialities has appeared in the white coats of both medical students and junior doctors. The popularity of these books can be attributed to the concise and well-structured ‘page per topic’ format introduced by the original handbook and employed almost universally by subsequent authors. This slim volume applies the same successful formula to the subject of Clinical Pharmacology, aiming to provide a concise source of relevant information on commonly used drugs. The authors (themselves medical undergraduates) have written their book as both a revision guide for medical students and as an aide-memoire for junior doctors, but have they been successful?

The book certainly passes the first test, fitting easily into a white coat pocket. Approximately 100 drugs are described, grouped into chapters by organ system in a similar fashion to the British National Formulary. One page is devoted to each drug, the information presented in consistent tabular format. Indications, mechanism of action, adverse effects, contra–indications and interactions are listed, although drug doses have not been included. The authors have coped well with the limitation of space imposed by the ‘pocket’ format, including only the most clinically relevant information. Although most major drug classes are dealt with in adequate depth, future editions may need to find room for pages describing the newer anticonvulsants and antiplatelet agents. Some extra space could be found with the omission of the guides to management of common conditions, which have been presented at the beginning of each chapter in heavily truncated bullet point format. These are too brief to be of practical use and are much better addressed by the more general medical handbooks.

The Hands-on Guide to Clinical Pharmacology will prove popular among medical students as it provides answers to commonly asked questions in a format that is concise and easy to use. The omission of drug doses renders it rather less attractive to junior medical staff whom I suspect will continue to rely upon the British National Formulary. (British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405191951
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Series: Hands-on Guides Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Sukhdev Chatu is Registrar in gastroenterology at the Mayday Hospital in Croydon.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the third edition.



1. Cardiovascular System.

2. Respiratory System.

3. Gastrointestinal System.

4. Neurological System.

5. Psychiatry.

6. Musculoskeletal System.

7. Diabetes and Endocrine System.

8. Dermatology.

9. Pain Management.

10. Infection.

11. Immunization.

12. Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

13. Anaesthesia.

14. Poisoning and Overdose.

15. Cancer Therapy.


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