Description: This book provides excellent insight into the basics of pharmacology and demonstrates the importance of considering those fundamental principles when prescribing medications. It does this in a clear and concise manner. The book is actually quite engaging, which is of paramount importance in the retention of this material.
Purpose: The purpose is to demonstrate the fundamental issues of pharmacology that must be considered each time a drug is prescribed. It allows providers who take short vocational courses to make informed decisions about the medications they prescribe. Furthermore, it serves as a gentle review for physicians who could not take the time to read a cumbersome basic science textbook. This worthy objectives were clearly met by this book.
Audience: This book is written for anyone who prescribes medications. It serves this purpose very well. I believe another place where this book could be extremely useful is in the training of military medical corpsman. Independent duty corpsman prescribe medications on a daily basis and this book would be very helpful to them as they make their clinical decisions.
Features: This book covers the important fundamental issues of pharmacology and does so in an interesting and concise manner. The diagrams, flowcharts, and tables are complete and yet still very easy to read. The key point tables at the end of each chapter facilitate the retention of this important information.
Assessment: Many pharmacology books are tedious to read and the important principles are lost among the layers of research detail and dizzying details placed in the flowcharts and diagrams. This book, however, is a welcome change from such books. It is concise enough to be managed in a short vocational course and yet intellectually stimulating enough to engage a mid-career clinician. It would beneficial to consider an additional chapter devoted to prescribing issues to consider during pregnancy and lactation as well as one for pediatrics. The chapter describing considerations of the elderly is very helpful. I strongly recommend this book for medical students on clinical rotations, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse midwives and military corpsman. In addition, I recommend it to physicians who desire a quick review of basic pharmacology principles.