Pharmacology: With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access / Edition 3

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Pharmacology, 4th Edition helps you master the "must-know" concepts in this subject and how they apply to everyday clinical problem solving and decision making. This concise yet comprehensive text clearly explains and illustrates challenging concepts and helps you retain the material- from course exams and the USMLE Step 1 right through to clinical practice.

  • Quickly reference essential information thanks to abundant tables throughout, and drug classification boxes at the beginning of each chapter.
  • See how pharmacology applies to practice with real-world case studies.
  • Prepare for exams with self-assessment questions at the end of each chapter.
  • Understand complex concepts visually with the aid of superb full-color illustrations.
  • Access the complete contents online at, along with an additional glossary, chapter-by-chapter summaries and case studies, a full list of featured drugs, 150 USMLE-style questions, animations, and more.
  • Learn the latest pharmacologic mechanisms and applications with new and updated drug information throughout.
  • Be aware of new "off label" uses, including important FDA regulations.
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US Student: “Great format and chapter outline. The descriptions are very concise and have great information. The tables with the side effect comparisons of drugs in the same category are wonderful. The pictures that describe the mechanisms of action help illustrate and assist you in remembering the material.”

"This pharmacology textbook is one of the best for teaching a basic pharmacology course. This third edition is markedly improved over the earlier ones. Although designed especially for osteopathic and allopathic medical students, this book also would serve as an excellent text for pharmacy, nursing, and other allied health professions students who are required to take a basic pharmacology course. This book will function as a useful text for both discipline-based and integration-based curricula. Weighted Numerical Score: 98 - 5 Stars!" - Thomas L. Pazdernik, PhD(University of Kansas Medical Center), from Doody’s Reviews

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Reviewer: Thomas L. Pazdernik, PhD (University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This is a popular textbook for students who are studying pharmacology for the first time or are preparing for certification examinations.
Purpose: The authors state that it is intended primarily for students who are taking their first course in pharmacology, but it also will be useful for those who are preparing to take medical board or licensing examinations. This book serves both roles very well.
Audience: It is adequate for any student who is required to take pharmacology in their curriculum or prepare for licensure examinations such as those pursuing medical, pharmacy, nursing, or other health professional degrees.
Features: The book is organized similar to any traditional pharmacology textbook, starting out with a section on principles of pharmacology followed by individual sections discussing the pharmacology of the composite of therapeutic entities. A uniform format is used from chapter to chapter — each one begins with a box classifying the drugs discussed in the chapter followed by an overview, including germane pathophysiology, plus a discussion of the drugs organized according to mechanisms of action, physiological effects, pharmacokinetic properties, adverse effects and interactions, and clinical uses. For ease of learning, the book includes several excellently designed full-color illustrations and summary tables. Each chapter has a relevant clinical case plus discussion and ends with a summary of important points and relevant review questions with answers and explanations. A scratch-off pin number provides access to the full text online as well as other study features, including 150 USMLE-style questions, animations, etc.
Assessment: This popular pharmacology textbook improves with each edition and rivals Basic and Clinical Pharmacology, 12th edition, Katzung et al. (McGraw-Hill, 2012), as the most required textbook for pharmacology courses.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416066279
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 1/27/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 552
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology, Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Tulsa, OK

Professor of Pharmacology, Oklahoma State University, Tulsa, OK

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Table of Contents



1 Introduction to Pharmacology

2 Pharmacokinetics

3 Pharmacodynamics

4 Drug Development and Safety


5 Introduction to Autonomic and Neuromuscular Pharmacology

6 Acetylcholine Receptor Agonists

7 Acetylcholine Receptor Antagonists

8 Adrenoceptor Agonists

9 Adrenoceptor Antagonists


10 Antihypertensive Drugs

11 Antianginal Drugs

12 Drugs for Heart Failure

13 Diuretics

14 Antiarrhythmic Drugs

15 Drugs for Hyperlipidemia

16 Anticoagulant, Antiplatelet, and Fibrinolytic Drugs

17 Hematopoietic Drugs


18 Introduction to Central Nervous System Pharmacology

19 Sedative-Hypnotic and Anxiolytic Drugs

20 Antiepileptic Drugs

21 Local and General Anesthetics

22 Psychotherapeutic Drugs

23 Opioid Analgesics and Antagonists

24 Drugs for Neurodegenerative Diseases

25 Drugs of Abuse


26 Autacoid Drugs

27 Drugs for Respiratory Tract Disorders

28 Drugs for Gastrointestinal Tract Disorders

29 Drugs for Headache Disorders

30 Drugs for Pain, Inflammation, and Arthritic Disorders


31 Hypothalamic and Pituitary Drugs

32 Thyroid Drugs

33 Adrenal Steroids and Related Drugs

34 Drugs Affecting Fertility and Reproduction

35 Drugs for Diabetes Mellitus

36 Drugs Affecting Calcium and Bone


37 Principles of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

38 Inhibitors of Bacterial Cell Wall Synthesis

39 Inhibitors of Bacterial Protein Synthesis

40 Quinolones, Antifolate Drugs, and Other Antimicrobial Agents

41 Antimycobacterial Drugs

42 Antifungal Drugs

43 Antiviral Drugs

44 Antiparasitic Drugs

45 Antineoplastic and Immunomodulating Drugs


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