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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Benita J. Walton-Moss, DNS, MSN (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This is a comprehensive pharmacology text designed for use by primary care practitioners.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide basic medical content integrated with pharmacological principles and nursing approaches. The book includes journal and Internet resources to aid readers in updating information for themselves, especially critical for drug research, given the vast number constantly coming on the market.
Audience: Although designed for all types of primary care providers, this book is particularly directed at students and novice clinicians. However, the comprehensive nature of this text functions as an excellent review and update for experienced and seasoned clinicians.
Features: This book is organized into two general sections. In the first the foundation for effective and efficacious pharmacological practice is provided, while in the second specific drug classes are covered. The first section includes focus areas on prescriptive authority, basic drug mechanics, and important variations by age group or life change (e.g., pregnancy, nursing, and menopause). The environmental context within which prescribing occurs is then presented, including evidence-based medicine, clinical trials, and critical decision-making. The first section concludes with application of drug information such as how to determine clinical guidelines, patient education, and prescription writing. In the second section there is a discussion of common drug categories and the primary care conditions for which they are commonly used. Whenever possible, drug prototypes are used to minimize needless repetition for similar drugs in the same class.
Assessment: I compared this book to Youngkin's Pharmacotherapeutics: A Primary Care Clinical Guide (Prentice Hall, 1999), which is also designed for primary care clinicians. Although a good text, it did not provide the environmental context as comprehensively as this text does. Drug classes were described more generically without as much detail on specific drugs. Overall, I would highly recommend this text be part of every primary care clinician's library.