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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Miyong Kim, PhD (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: Each chapter in this handbook of pharmacologic information classifies drugs according to their approved therapeutic uses.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the nursing profession with drug information in a format that is readily accessible and applicable in any clinical setting. The book is worthy in that it details clinical aspects of drugs while addressing patient education and nursing considerations. The book meets the objectives.
Audience: According to the authors, the book is written for "any" clinical setting. Given the detailed pharmacologic information, the book is written for the practitioner, in my opinion. The authors are credible authorities.
Features: The book covers the route, onset, peak, and duration of each drug, possible dose adjustments necessary in specific patient populations, drug interactions, nursing considerations, and 25 of the most commonly used herbal remedies. The book is especially useful for practitioners as it covers pharmacologic information in great detail. The unique feature of the book is its classification of drugs according to their therapeutic uses, which makes it easy for users to find and compare several drugs for the same purpose. Pharmacologic information seems a bit too much and unfocused.
Assessment: The book is generally of high quality and seems particularly useful for practitioners who need pharmacologic information in greater detail. It is also helpful in that all drugs are classified according to their therapeutic purposes. With drug updates and unique features, replacing the previous edition is justified.