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From The CriticsReviewer: Jean Deupree, PhD(University of Nebraska Medical Center)
Description: "This comprehensive pharmacology textbook describes the therapeutic effects of drugs and their mechanisms of action. The previous edition was published in 1995. "
Purpose: The purpose is to provide basic pharmacology information for medical and pharmacy students. This has been a popular pharmacology textbook in Europe and Asia. This and the previous edition were adapted for the North American market, taking into consideration the differences in drug names and more complex changes attributed to differences in approved drugs and drug usage in the United States. The approach of this book has been to describe what the drugs do and how they act.
Audience: The primary market for this book is for medical, dental, and pharmacy students with a secondary market being graduate students and nurse practitioners. The book contains more information than we usually teach dental or nurse practitioner students. However, it is a very good textbook for graduate students, medical, and pharmacy students. Physician assistant students will also benefit from some aspects of this book.
Features: This book covers all of the major topics taught to medical professionals. The introductory chapters cover the basic pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of drugs in more detail than most books, which is helpful for any healthcare professional because it teaches the language of pharmacology and helps in understanding the drug literature. Some of the new chapters cover gene therapy, pathophysiology and treatment of obesity. Chapters on anticancer therapies, cardiovascular pharmacology, peptides and protein mediators, nitric oxide, and immunity and immunosuppressants have been updated to reflect the changes in our knowledge and the new drug treatment strategies. Some particularly helpful features are: key points set off in boxes, introductory summaries of relevant physiological and biochemical processes at the beginning of each chapter, annotation in the references indicating review articles and figures that are helpful to the instructors. The images are easy to understand and the color has been changed to make them more visually appealing. The clinical uses of the drugs are presented in boxes making it easy to get the information at a glance. Pharmacokinetic properties of individual drugs is sufficient information for most physicians, but in less detail than needed by pharmacists, particularly those acting as drug consultants. Historical information on drug discovery and the experimental effects of drugs on animals is in more detail than needed by most medical professionals. Although adverse effects are listed, there is little emphasis on them. A particularly helpful appendix contains a list disease entities and the primary and secondary drugs used for treatment.
Assessment: The field of pharmacology is rapidly changing as new information on mechanism of action is discovered and new drugs are found. The method of teaching pharmacology to medical processionals is also changing from teaching students all there is to know about pharmacology to teaching them the most important things they need to know in order to appropriately use drugs. This textbook does an excellent job of presenting the basic pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic information, but for medical personnel it overemphasizes the research aspects of pharmacology and underemphasizes the therapeutic aspects. The balance between these two aspects of pharmacology that this book presents is not as good as that presented in Katzung's Basic and Clinical Pharmacology, 8th edition (McGraw-Hill, 2001). However, this book provides summaries of relevant physiological and biochemical processes at the beginning of each chapter that are particularly helpful for students with weak biochemical and physiological backgrounds.