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From The CriticsReviewer: Eric M. Scholar, PhD (University of Nebraska Medical Center)
Description: This sixth edition is a description of the science of pharmacology. It has been revised and updated from the previous edition.
Purpose: The purpose is to present a comprehensive and coherent explanation of the science of pharmacology in terms of basic concepts and general principles.
Audience: This book is designed for pharmacology students, medical students, pharmacy students, graduate nurses, veterinary students, and other allied health students. The editor is well qualified to write this book.
Features: The editor has made this a collaborative effort to reaffirm and strengthen the original concept and incorporates the knowledge and experience of Drs. Carol Walsh and Schwartz-Bloom, two long-time teachers of pharmacology. The major portion of the book is composed of chapters on the general principles of pharmacology. Most of these sections are traditionally considered as part of pharmacokinetics and include topics such as drug absorption, excretion, and biotransformation. There are also chapters on drug toxicity, drug abuse and dependence, and the development and evaluation of new drugs. At the end of each chapter is a series of study guides and reviews in question format as well as a list of suggested reading. Many of the concepts are clearly illustrated with helpful and informative figures. There are eight appendixes at the end of the book and each contains a summary of the pharmacology of an individual drug class.
Assessment: This book is an excellent description of the general principles of pharmacology. Unfortunately the editor and contributors fail to provide much information on receptors and receptor signaling. However, I feel the biggest drawback is the lack of information on the pharmacology of most of the major drug classes with the individual drug classes being only briefly covered in the appendixes. As a result, this book is most useful as an adjunct textbook for most pharmacology courses and not as the only textbook.