Integrated Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology / Edition 3

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Integrated Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology, Third Edition, offers instructors and students an engaging, interactive teaching and learning experience. The text's integrated approach includes perspectives from both pharmacists and respiratory therapists. In addition, pharmacology is linked to physiology and pathology to give students complete, cohesive coverage. Extensive clinical examples, special features, a continuously updated website, and "splashes" of light humor throughout the book help students learn the concepts and get the latest information on new drugs on the market.

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Reviewer: Alexander B. Adams, RRT (Regions Hospital)
Description: This is an ambitious attempt to bring a complex topic, cardiopulmonary pharmacology, down to a level of basic instruction. Cartoons, features within the margins and an integrated Web site have been developed to engage the readers.
Purpose: The purpose is to generate the interest of the first year respiratory care student in the complex area of cardiopulmonary pharmacology. The unique features and the basic instructional text help to achieve that goal. Although the book appears to meet that goal, it is not clear that the demand for this sort of book is great.
Audience: The audience is a beginning student in respiratory care. Valuable basic instruction is provided in a friendly, readable style. The book is not referenced and certain sections are strikingly simple.
Features: Chapters on the principles of pharmacology, treatment methods, bronchodilators, and medical gases are well written, although sometimes incomplete, but fun to read. Chapters on cardiac/renal agents, anesthetic/sedation agents, anti-inflammatory and anti-infective agents are, at times, less relevant to this audience yet continue to be enjoyable reading. There are many innovative methods to capture the readers' interest: cases, controversies, clinical pearls, stop and review sections, glossaries, etc.
Assessment: This book is uniquely targeted to students of respiratory care by offering basic instruction using an innovative set of techniques to gain their attention. This purpose is admirably achieved. The book lacks the depth to become a reference for this topic, but it may be useful as a guide for credentialing exams. Other books in this area tend to be references that are more complete for purposes such as verifying knowledge, checking contraindications, and finding dosages.

2 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132568722
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 2/4/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 346,645
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents


1. General Pharmacologic Principles

2. The Metric System and Drug Dosage Calculations

3. Pharmacology of the Autonomic Nervous System

4. Medicated Aerosol Treatments


5. Bronchodilators

6. Mucokinetics and Surfactants

7. Anti-Inflammatory and Antiasthmatic Agents

8. Anti-Infective Agents

9. Cardiac Agents

10. Blood Pressure and Antithrombotic Agents

11. Neuromuscular, Sedative, Anesthetic, and Analgesic Agents

12. Therapeutic Medical Gases


13. Pharmacologic Management of Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis, and Emphysema

14. Pharmacologic Treatment of Respiratory Infectious Disease

15. Medications for Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support

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Pharmacology is often perceived as one of the more difficult subjects in a medical curriculum. There are several possible explanations. First, there are difficult concepts and terms that are inherent to this subject. Second, there is a massive amount of information, often presented in a dry and highly technical manner. Finally, once a text is printed, it is practically out of date because of all the recent breakthroughs, new drugs, and new delivery devices that have been developed before it even hits the bookstores. We took all these factors into account as we developed and pilot-tested this innovative project. So what makes this book unique and able to address these concerns?

First and foremost, this truly is an integrated project at several levels and not just a "buzz word" thrown into the title. The authors and publisher took very seriously the integrated aspect of this project and first sought the interdisciplinary perspective offered by both pharmacists and respiratory therapists. In addition, pharmacology was integrated and linked to physiology and pathology to give a total understanding and enhance connectional and relevant learning. The authors also took very seriously the concept of writing in a style that did not distance the student from the material and encouraged "learning and relating" the material versus massive memorization.

Finally, there are some things we did not take so seriously. While we were serious about the contents, relevancy, and accuracy of the material, we had fun writing, researching, and collaborating on this project. We utilized splashes of humor within this textbook, with the underlying idea that what is learned with humor isnot readily forgotten. While humor will make the learning easier, never take lightly your responsibilities as a health care professional.


Our goal is to produce a truly introductory and interactive pharmacology text that students can connect with and learn pharmacology. Several features will be incorporated into the textbook to help accomplish that goal; they include the following:

Get Connected to the Web Site: This special text feature will connect the student to a managed companion Web page with current updates, new drugs, animations, videos, audio glossary and drug pronunciation, sample tests, and references.

Learning Hints and Controversies: These special features will be contained in each chapter to ensure understanding of difficult concepts and to stimulate further thought.

Clinical Pearls: Instances of this special feature will also be interspersed throughout the chapters to connect the knowledge and show the relevancy of learning the material. In addition, numerous clinical applications will be demonstrated to give a "real world" connection.

Key Terms: Key terms will be boldfaced and included in a glossary. In addition, an audio glossary and drug name pronunciation will be provided on the Web site. Symbols, units, and abbreviation or medical terms will be defined in the chapter opener for easy reference.

Chapter Questions: Periodic "Stop and Review" problems within each chapter will help to ensure concept understanding before a student can move on and get really lost. Comprehensive questions will also be included at the end of the chapter; they will build from multiple choice and matching questions to higher-level critical thinking and case-study questions. An interactive chapter exam will also be provided on the Web site.


Further proof of the commitment to integration lies in a unique and interactive web site that fully supports the text. While the textbook can certainly stand on its own, the web site is a powerful adjunct that can greatly facilitate learning and keep both faculty and students up on the "latest and greatest" in pharmacology. One of the difficult aspects of teaching pharmacology is that by the time a textbook is produced, there is a wealth of new information, some theories are challenged, and new drugs or types of therapies are beginning to emerge. We have developed a managed companion Web site in conjunction with the textbook that will add new information for each specific chapter on a semi annual basis. For each chapter, the following "buttons" can be engaged:

Animations: Highly visual representations of complex concepts can be demonstrated and reinforced via animations. For example, protein binding is not only discussed in the text, but visual animations of protein binding and displacement can also be viewed to enhance learning.

Videos: Clinical procedures, drug preparations, and delivery devices can be viewed on quality videos. For example, various oxygen therapy delivery techniques and devices are shown, along with proper monitoring techniques.

Updates: New information that continually surfaces after the book goes into production, such as new drugs and/or treatments, will be posted semi annually to the pertinent chapter.

Glossary and Drug Pronunciation: Pharmacological terms and especially drug names are very difficult to pronounce. A very bright student can be wrongly judged in clinical owing to poor pronunciation of drug names. Therefore, each chapter will have an audio glossary and drug names section.

Extended Concepts: Additional information concerning topics within each chapter can be expanded upon within the Web site. This can allow students to further pursue knowledge in their own areas of interest.

Chapter Quiz: A sample chapter test can be taken and scored for feedback.

References and Additional Readings: These are listed per chapter. The Web site can be accessed at


A separate concise pocket drug companion guide is integrated with the textbook. This guide will give further details concerning drug actions, uses, and interactions, along with specific routes and pediatric and adult dosages. In addition, more detailed pharmacokinetics, contraindications, and side effects will given, along with additional pertinent information. Removing some of this information that can easily be looked up from the textbook allows focus to be placed on "learning" pharmacologic principles and mechanisms of actions of specific drug classifications to facilitate optimal disease management. All drugs that are bolded and designated with Rx symbol are in the companion guide.

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