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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Laura C. Sheely, BSN, MScN (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: Originally published in 1996, this third edition provides updated information including the addition of new drugs, an expanded set of appendixes, and an improved index.
Purpose: The stated purpose is to provide the most complete, up-to-date drug information available. Building and improving upon previous editions, this book is complete in terms of the drugs that are included and comprehensive in the information provided for each drug.
Audience: This book is for the nurse practitioner engaged in patient care. There are many drug reference books on the market, but few if any, are geared specifically to the nurse practitioner.
Features: Entries for each drug follow a format that includes teaching points for patient education as well as the standard components of indications, dosing, adverse effects, use in geriatric patients and pregnancy and lactation, as well as special considerations. Worthy of note is the detailed information provided on drug interactions, which is broken down into drug-drug, drug-food, drug-herb, and drug-lifestyle (which includes information on interactions with alcohol, sun exposure, and smoking). Detailed information about adjusting dosages in renal failure is provided where relevant. The best features are the emphasis on patient education, which is particularly important for the intended audience, the very detailed information on drug interactions, the improved indexing, and the useful appendixes. The book has no notable shortcomings.
Assessment: I own and have used extensively the original edition of this book. The format renders the information easily accessible. This latest edition provides a necessary update since this is a rapidly changing body of information. In addition to the updated information, there are some enhancements that make it even nicer than previous editions. I enthusiastically endorse this book.