Medical Pharmacology at a Glance / Edition 6

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The at a Glance series is popular among medical students and junior doctors for its concise and simple approach and excellent illustrations.

Each bite-sized chapter is covered in a double-page spread with colour summary diagrams on the left page and explanatory text on the right. Covering a wide range of topics, books in the at a Glance series are ideal as introductory subject texts or for revision purposes, and are useful throughout medical school and beyond.

Everything you need to know about Medical a Glance!

Following the familiar, easy-to-use at a Glance format, and in full-colour, Medical Pharmacology at a Glance is an accessible introduction and revision text for medical students. Reflecting changes to the content and assessment methods used by medical schools, this at a Glance provides a user-friendly overview of medical pharmacology to encapsulate all that the student needs to know.

Medical Pharmacology at a Glance:

  • Addresses the key principles of medical pharmacology that are central to medicine
  • Contains full-colour artwork throughout, making the subject easy to understand
  • Presents schematic diagrams on the left page and concise explanations on the right
  • Contains 10 self-assessment cases
  • Explains the mechanisms involved in pharmacological processes and covers the mode of action and effects of drugs in clinical medicine
  • Discusses the mechanisms of action of each drug, indicating the therapeutics of choice for specific conditions
  • Covers basic principles of drug action; drug-receptor interactions; drug absorption, distribution and excretion; drug metabolism; how drugs act on specific body systems; and how drugs are used in a variety of common complaints
  • Includes the latest changes in pharmacology and the British Pharmacological Society Core Curriculum

This book is an invaluable resource for all medical students just starting their study of medical pharmacology and for those approaching finals, for pharmacology students, junior doctors and residents.

Appropriate for: Medical Students.

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Editorial Reviews

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“I will continue to strongly recommend this text to students whom I teach.” (Pharmaceutical Journal, November 2009)

“The book is valuable as a revision text for medical students and busy clinicians wishing to refresh knowledge. It will also appeal to students and scientists from other disciplines.” (Journal of Tropical Pediatrics , 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405181976
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/4/2009
  • Series: At a Glance Series, #7
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. Neal, Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology, King's College London. Former Professor & Chairman of the Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology, United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's & St Thomas's Hospitals (UMDS).

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Table of Contents



How to use this book.

Further reading.

1 Introduction: principles of drug action.

2 Drug–receptor interactions.

3 Drug absorption, distribution and excretion.

4 Drug metabolism.

5 Local anaesthetics.

6 Drugs acting at the neuromuscular junction.

7 Autonomic nervous system.

8 Autonomic drugs acting at cholinergic synapses.

9 Drugs acting on the sympathetic system.

10 Ocular pharmacology.

11 Asthma, hay fever and anaphylaxis.

12 Drugs acting on the gastrointestinal tract I: peptic ulcer.

13 Drugs acting on the gastrointestinal tract II: motility and secretions.

14 Drugs acting on the kidney: diuretics.

15 Drugs used in hypertension.

16 Drugs used in angina.

17 Antiarrhythmic drugs.

18 Drugs used in heart failure.

19 Drugs used to affect blood coagulation.

20 Lipid-lowering drugs.

21 Agents used in anaemias.

22 Central transmitter substances.

23 General anaesthetics.

24 Anxiolytics and hypnotics.

25 Antiepileptic drugs.

26 Drugs used in Parkinson’s disease.

27 Antipsychotic drugs (neuroleptics).

28 Drugs used in affective disorders: antidepressants.

29 Opioid analgesics.

30 Drugs used in nausea and vertigo (antiemetics).

31 Drug misuse and dependence.

32 Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

33 Corticosteroids.

34 Sex hormones and drugs.

35 Thyroid and antithyroid drugs.

36 Antidiabetic agents.

37 Antibacterial drugs that inhibit nucleic acid synthesis: sulphonamides, trimethoprim, quinolones and nitroimidazoles.

38 Antibacterial drugs that inhibit cell wall synthesis: penicillins, cephalosporins and vancomycin.

39 Antibacterial drugs that inhibit protein synthesis: aminoglycosides, tetracyclines, macrolides and chloramphenicol.

40 Antifungal drugs.

41 Antiviral drugs.

42 Drugs acting on parasites I: helminths (worms).

43 Drugs acting on parasites II: protozoa.

44 Drugs used in cancer.

45 Poisoning.

46 Adverse drug reactions.

Case studies and questions.



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