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This study tool features a variety of engaging questions and exercises to enhance the students' knowledge of vital pharmacology concepts and skills. It includes learning objectives to provide an at-a-glance overview of important information, study questions that allow students to check their comprehension and pinpoint areas that require further study, and critical thinking exercises and case studies that test the students ability to apply what they have learned to realistic clinical situations.

The book contains two-color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Barbara Van de Castle
This is a very detailed pharmacology textbook. It covers many areas in great detail with appropriately applied physiology. The nursing components are integrated throughout the text as well as summarized into nursing implications at the end of most chapters. Each chapter has a list of key points for review. The purpose is to establish a knowledge base in the basic science of drugs and to demonstrate application in the clinical area. The purpose is met, but more case studies for easier clinical application could have been incorporated. This book also strives to focus on the essentials needed in nursing care and downplays secondary details by utilizing different sizes of print. This makes it easier to scan a page for important information. The target audience is nursing students in a pharmacology course. The level of physiology and detail may or may not be appropriate for integrated curricula. It is an excellent clinical review and resource for practitioners and educators. The references were few and located in the text instead of at the end of each chapter, which makes them difficult to locate. The content appears complete; new sections include Pediatric Immunization, Drug Therapy Across the Life Span, and an appendix for Drug-Related Information on the Internet. This list of Internet sites is appropriate and a great resource for the learner. The disk provided has a drug database of 200 drugs and NCLEX review questions. The review is easy to use and provides feedback on correct and incorrect answers. The database is very small and requires the students to actually cut and paste a card together. This textbook is an excellent resource and is suitable for a pharmacologycourse.
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Reviewer: Theresa P. Yeo, MSN, MPH, CRNP (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This informative, well-written nursing textbook provides clear and understandable descriptions of complex physiologic processes, integrating aspects of clinical relevance for nursing into the discussion.
Purpose: Dr. Lehne states that the purpose is to be a "true textbook," providing the essentials and minimizing secondary details. Two objectives are expressly stated: to establish a knowledge base in the basic science of drugs, and to demonstrate how that knowledge can be directly applied in providing patient care and patient education. Dr.Lehne accomplishes these worthy objectives in a very thorough book.
Audience: The target audience is nursing students, practicing nurses, and educators. The book would also be quite useful for graduate nursing students and advanced practice nurses such as nurse practitioners. Dr.Lehne has a well-earned reputation as an outstanding pharmacologist and nursing educator. Publication of this fourth edition of is a tribute to Dr. Lehne's expertise and success as an author.
Features: The book is comprehensive, encompassing discussions of the major categories of pharmacologic agents. In addition, three new chapters (pain management in cancer patients, obesity therapeutics, herbal supplements) and 140 new drugs are included in this edition. The Key Points feature at the end of each chapter is most useful for planning client and family education. In particular, the Summary of Major Nursing Implications provides the essential nursing decision making information. Chapter 53 on hematopoietic and thrombopoietic growth factors is especially relevant to current oncologic nursing practice. It provides a demystified discussion of colony stimulating growth factors and recombinant DNA products that are now in widepread clinical use. The only shortcoming is the absence of reference material. This is unfortunate, as an opportunity to expose the reader to state-of-the-art scientific and clinical research is missed.
Assessment: I found this book to be extremely readable. It provides the basics and more. Dr. Lehne describes it as the book that students like to read and I couldn't agree more! It is written at a level that will make it very marketable. On a personal note, I was privileged to take Dr. Lehne's pharamcology course while a graduate student at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. I have long enjoyed his textbooks and style of teaching.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780721698434
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 10/3/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 1246
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 1.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Formerly Lecturer, University of Arizona College of Nursing, Lecturer, University of Virginia School of Nursing, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of Virginia School of Medicine

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Table of Contents

1 Orientation of pharmacology 1
2 Application of pharmacology in nursing practice 5
3 Drug regulation, development, names, and information 15
4 Pharmacokinetics 25
5 Pharmacodynamics 46
6 Drug interactions 58
7 Adverse drug reactions and medication errors 65
8 Individual variation in drug responses 77
9 Drug therapy during pregnancy and breast-feeding 85
10 Drug therapy in pediatric patients 92
11 Drug therapy in geriatric patients 96
12 Basic principles of neuropharmacology 99
13 Physiology of the peripheral nervous system 105
14 Muscarinic agonists and antagonists 121
15 Cholinesterase inhibitors and their use in myasthenia gravis 132
16 Drugs that block nicotinic cholinergic transmission : neuromuscular blocking agents and ganglionic blocking agents 140
17 Adrenergic agonists 150
18 Adrenergic antagonists 163
19 Indirect-acting antiadrenergic agents 175
20 Introduction to central nervous system pharmacology 181
21 Drugs for Parkinson's disease 184
22 Alzheimer's disease 198
23 Drugs for multiple sclerosis 205
24 Drugs for epilepsy 215
25 Drugs for muscle spasm and spasticity 237
26 Local anesthetics 242
27 General anesthetics 249
28 Opioid (narcotic) analgesics, opioid antagonists, and nonopioid centrally acting analgesics 258
29 Pain management in patients with cancer 281
30 Drugs for headache 300
31 Antipsychotic agents and their use in schizophrenia 311
32 Antidepressants 330
33 Drugs for bipolar disorder 353
34 Sedative-hypnotic drugs 363
35 Management of anxiety disorders 378
36 Central nervous systems stimulants and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder 387
37 Drug abuse I : basic considerations 398
38 Drug abuse II : alcohol 405
39 Drug abuse III : major drugs and abuse (other than alcohol) 415
40 Diuretics 436
41 Agents affecting the volume and ion content of body fluids 449
42 Review of hemodynamics 454
43 Drugs acting on the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system 461
44 Calcium channel blockers 473
45 Vasodilators 481
46 Drugs for hypertension 487
47 Drugs for heart failure 509
48 Antidysrhythmic drugs 526
49 Prophylaxis of coronary heart disease : drugs that lower LDL cholesterol levels 546
50 Drugs for angina pectoris 571
51 Anticoagulant, antiplatelet, and thrombolytic drugs 585
52 Management of ST-elevation myocardial infarction 609
53 Drugs for hemophilia 615
54 Drugs for deficiency anemias 623
55 Hematopoietic growth factors 637
56 Drugs for diabetes mellitus 646
57 Drugs for thyroid disorders 674
58 Drugs related to hypothalamic and pituitary function 686
59 Drugs for disorders of the adrenal cortex 695
60 Estrogens and progestins : basic pharmacology and noncontraceptive applications 703
61 Birth control 720
62 Drug therapy of infertility 737
63 Drugs that affect uterine function 745
64 Androgens 753
65 Drugs for erectile dysfunction and benign prostatic hyperplasia 761
66 Review of the immune system 768
67 Childhood immunization 779
68 Immunosuppressants 795
69 Antihistamines 802
70 Cyclooxygenase inhibitors : nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and acetaminophen 809
71 Glucocorticoids in nonendocrine diseases 827
72 Drug therapy of rheumatoid arthritis and gout 837
73 Drugs affecting calcium levels and bone mineralization 847
74 Drugs for asthma 866
75 Drugs for allergic rhinitis, cough, and colds 883
76 Drugs for peptic ulcer disease 891
77 Laxatives 904
78 Other gastrointestinal drugs 911
79 Vitamins 925
80 Enteral and parenteral nutrition 936
81 Drugs for obesity 940
82 Basic principles of antimicrobial therapy 948
83 Drugs that weaken the bacterial cell wall I : penicillins 962
84 Drugs that weaken the bacteria cell wall II : cephalosporins, carbapenems, vancomycin, aztreonam, teicoplanin, and fosfomycin 972
85 Bacteriostatic inhibitors of protein synthesis : tetracyclines, macrolides, and others 981
86 Aminoglycosides : bactericidal inhibitors of protein synthesis 994
87 Sulfonamides and trimethoprim 1002
88 Drug therapy of urinary tract infections 1009
89 Antimycobacterial agents : drugs for tuberculosis, leprosy, and Mycobacterium avium complex infection 1014
90 Miscellaneous antibacterial drugs : fluoroquinolones, metronidazole, daptomycin, rifampin, bacitracin, and polymyxins 1029
91 Antifungal agents 1035
92 Antiviral agents I : drugs for non-HIV viral infections 1048
93 Antiviral agents II : drugs for HIV infection and related opportunistic infections 1064
94 Drug therapy of sexually transmitted diseases 1107
95 Antiseptics and disinfectants 1115
96 Anthelmintics 1121
97 Antiprotozoal drugs I : antimalarial agents 1126
98 Antiprotozoal drugs II : miscellaneous agents 1133
99 Extoparasiticides 1139
100 Basic principles of cancer chemotherapy 1142
101 Anticancer drugs I : cytotoxic agents 1157
102 Anticancer drugs II : hormonal agents, biologic response modifiers, and targeted drugs 1172
103 Drugs for the eye 1191
104 Drugs for the skin 1201
105 Drugs for the ear 1217
106 Miscellaneous noteworthy drugs 1224
107 Herbal supplements 1234
108 Management of poisoning 1245
109 Potential weapons of biologic, radiologic, and chemical terrorism 1251
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2005

    Excellent book.

    The language used is easy to read and understand pharmacology concepts. The drugs are categorized logically so information is easy to find. The book also includes easy to understand pathophysiology related to the drug classes.

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