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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.