Pharmacology in Rehabilitation / Edition 4

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A volume in the Contemporary Perspectives In Rehabilitation Series, edited by Steven L. Wolf, PhD, PT, FAPTA.

Rely on the completely revised and thoroughly updated 4th Edition of this innovative textbook to insure that your students will be able to master this complex content with ease. Organized by body system, each chapter begins with a description of the drug...followed by an explanation of the conditions it treats...and ends with a discussion of how the drug affects physical therapy and how physical therapy may impact drug effectiveness. Dr. Ciccone’s easy-to-understand writing style demystifies the science and practice of pharmacology.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Paul Mettler
This excellent book was written to explain pharmacological principles to physical and occupational therapists. It is nicely organized into specific areas of pharmacological issues, which makes it a superb reference book as well as an excellent textbook for classroom use. The purpose is to provide students and clinicians with a comprehensive, accurate, and relevant source of how contemporary drug therapy can affect patients receiving physical and occupational therapy. This book certainly meets this overall objective and, in fact, would be a valuable resource for all health professionals. Targeted for students and clinicians in physical and occupational therapy, this book should be useful for any member of the allied health team. Its organization makes it a ""must"" for the department library in any rehabilitation environment. The chief features of this book are its organization and clearly written and understandable text. It is very easy to navigate through the text to search for specific topics or to review in a more general sense. Charts, tables, and diagrams are kept to a minimum but are totally appropriate. This is an extremely useful book for students and clinicians. It is well written and beautifully organized. The information provided in this text is right on the money for the intended audience. I enthusiastically recommend it to colleagues and commend the author for such a superb contribution.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Chris J Hughes, PT, PhD, OCS, CSCS (Slippery Rock University)
Description: This new edition continues to evolve into the primary reference for physical therapists interested in strengthening their background in pharmacology and understand the effects of these agents on rehabilitation. The second edition was published in 1996. The first few chapters cover general concepts in pharmacology and issues related to drug testing and interactions, safety, and approval. The remaining chapters are dedicated to classifying major drug groups and explaining specific drug applications and how they perform physiologically. The effect of pharmacologic agents on physical therapy treatments are highlighted throughout the text.
Purpose: The author has written the text to provide a relevant resource for clinicians, in particular physical and occupational therapists, to understand the influence of pharmacology on patient rehabilitation. In this edition the author continues to set a very worthy and attainable objective for his intended audience. This is a needed followup to convey current findings in pharmacology to a previously successful second edition.
Audience: This text clearly targets students and clinicians in occupational and physical therapy. The case studies are written specifically for these two groups of rehabilitation specialists.The author is a professor at a physical therapy department and a licensed physical therapist with a PhD.
Features: The author has divided the book into general principles of pharmacology, drug effects on the CNS, and drug effects on skeletal muscle. These divisions are followed by specific coverage of drugs used to treat pain and inflammation, autonomic and cardiovascular drugs, respiratory and GI systems, endocrine responses, and a final section on chemoterapy of infectious and neoplastic diseases. Each chapter is well-organized, appropriately illustrated, and heavily referenced. The case studies thoughout the chapters will help readers apply the information presented. Five appendixes cover topics on drugs administered by iontophoresis and phonophoresis, describe potential interactions between physical agents and therapeutic drugs, explain how to use the PDR, present a table of commonly abused drugs, and provide common drug suffixes. Readers will find the introductory material in the first four chapters helpful in reviewing the biological impact and pharmacokinetics associated with drug therapy. The only shortcoming of a text of this nature will be the continued necessity to stay current with the field. However, the publication of the third edition indicates that the author intends to address this challenge.
Assessment: The information presented in this text clearly makes it stand out as a leading reference for clinicians who need to understand the interaction of pharmacologic agents and rehabilitation outcomes. The publication of the third edition is much needed and displays the same successful style seen in the previous editions, along with additional applications for the intended readership. The book should be a standard reference for practicing clinicians and will serve students in training with a solid background in this area of science. I strongly recommend the book.
From The Critics
Incorporating recent advances in this dynamic area of health care in this survey for rehabilitation students and clinicians, Ciccone (physical therapy, Ithaca College, NY) covers general principles of pharmacology; newer drug delivery techniques; the pharmacology of key bodily systems; and drugs for pain and inflammation, and chemotherapy. Appendices include information on drug administration, drug-physical modality interactions, drugs of abuse, Physicians Desk Reference use, common drug suffixes; and a glossary. Dates are not given for the previous editions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
A comprehensive reference for students and clinicians on how contemporary drug therapy can affect patients receiving physical therapy and occupational therapy. This edition (first was 1990) includes updated drug information, as well as important new drugs that have recently been approved. The methods for drug administration and the rationale for using specific drugs are also updated to reflect current pharmacologic practice. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803613775
  • Publisher: F. A. Davis Company
  • Publication date: 3/31/2007
  • Series: Contemporary Perspectives in Rehabilitation Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 137,693
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

I. General Principles of Pharmacology

  1. Basic Principles of Pharmacology
  2. Pharmacokinetics I: Drug Administration, Absorption, and Distribution
  3. Pharmacokinetics II: Drug Elimination
  4. Drug Receptors

II. Pharmacology of the Central Nervous System

  1. General Principles: Central Nervous System Pharmacology
  2. Sedative-Hypnotic and Antianxiety Agents
  3. Drugs Used to Treat Affective Disorders: Depression and Bipolar Syndrome
  4. Antipsychotic Drugs
  5. Antiepileptic Drugs
  6. Pharmacologic Management of Parkinson Disease
  7. General Anesthetics
  8. Local Anesthetics

III. Drugs Affecting Skeletal Muscle

  1. Skeletal Muscle Relaxants

IV. Drugs Used to Treat Pain and Inflammation

  1. Opioid Analgesics
  2. Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
  3. Pharmacologic Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis
  4. Patient-Controlled Analgesia

V. Autonomic and Cardiovascular Pharmacology

  1. Introduction to Autonomic Pharmacology
  2. Cholinergic Drugs
  3. Adrenergic Drugs
  4. Antihypertensive Drugs
  5. Treatment of Angina Pectoris
  6. Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias
  7. Treatment of Congestive Heart Failure
  8. Treatment of Coagulation Disorders and Hyperlipidemia

VI. Respiratory and Gastrointestinal Pharmacology

  1. Respiratory Drugs
  2. Gastrointestinal Drugs

VII. Endocrine Pharmacology

  1. Introduction to Endocrine Pharmacology
  2. Adrenocorticosteroids
  3. Male and Female Hormones
  4. Thyroid and Parathyroid Drugs: Agents Affecting Bone Mineralization
  5. Pancreatic Hormones and the Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus

VIII. Chemotherapy of Infectious and Neoplastic Diseases

  1. Treatment of Infections I: Antibacterial Drugs
  2. Treatment of Infections II: Antiviral Drugs
  3. Treatment of Infections III: Antifungal and Antiparasitic Drugs
  4. Cancer Chemotherapy
  5. Immunomodulating Agents
  6. Complimentary and Alternative Medications

Appendices: Drugs Administered by Iontophoresis and Phonophoresis/Use of the Physician’s Desk Reference/Drugs of Abuse
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  • Posted March 3, 2009

    Great for the field

    This book has drugs with ADR's and all other relevant data for PT treatment. As a student it's helped understand underlying pathologies, etc.

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