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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Fouad N Ghannam, PharmD (Temple University School of Pharmacy)
Description: This handbook is a valuable source of information on pharmaceutical calculations.
Purpose: Designed for pharmacy students who have an understanding of the fundamentals of pharmaceutical calculations, the book is also a practical resource for pharmacy graduates preparing for licensure examinations and for practicing pharmacists. The handbook serves as a quick reference to pharmaceutical calculations that pharmacy students and pharmacy professionals need. The author's objectives are met through the inclusion of detailed pharmaceutical applications and examples.
Audience: The handbook is written for pharmacy students and pharmacy practitioners who are engaged in practice laboratories or in the internship, externship, and clerkship components of the professional curriculum. It would benefit pharmacy students and pharmacy professionals working in hospital environment. The author is a credible authority in all areas of the pharmaceutical calculations.
Features: The book covers a wide array of topics, including basic pharmaceutical calculations, patient specific dosing, compounding and formulation calculations. It also covers patient parameters, parenteral and nutritional dosing. The author uses a uniform classification of information. Each topic begins with a brief introduction of the subject matter and the information is classified into specific sections that include definitions, expressions, discussion, key points, pharmacy applications, and example problems. The handbook follows the same classification method throughout.
Assessment: This is a useful reference for pharmacy students and pharmacy professionals. The use of a uniform format for all topics provides quick access to pharmaceutical calculations. The handbook compares favorably to other pharmaceutical calculations books. Its uniformity and the coverage of 20 practical subjects makes it a valuable source of information.