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From The CriticsReviewer: Thomas L. Pazdernik, PhD (University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This is designed to provide a quick review of the most important material that students need to know about drugs. There are many such resources available to accomplish this task and students must select the resources that best fit their own learning style.
Purpose: The book is designed for a student to rapidly review the most important material on drugs prior to course exams or certification exams. The recall format does an excellent job in meeting this objective.
Audience: This is appropriate for medical students, residents, or other healthcare professionals who have pharmacology as a significant component of their curriculum or certification licensure exams.
Features: The chapters in this book are similar to those found in any traditional pharmacology textbook, but the format is unique to the Recall Series. The topic of each chapter is covered with a series of pertinent questions in the left hand column with the answers given in the right hand column. A bookmark card allows the answers to be covered but easily reviewed by sliding the bookmark down the page. The selection of material is excellent and high yield. A few simplified figures are included to facilitate learning. The last chapter is referred to as a "Pharmacology Power Review" where selected drugs from each chapter are in the left column with key information in the right column. Many students will like this format to facilitate their mastery of drug information.
Assessment: This is just one of many resources available to students to assist in the mastery of key information on drugs. Most similar competitors are: Deja Review: Pharmacology,Young (McGraw-Hill, 2006); Pharmacology for the Boards and Wards, 2nd edition, Ayala and Spellberg (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007), and USMLE Road Map: Pharmacology, Katzung and Trevor (McGraw-Hill, 2003). Students are fortunate to be able to select from among these rapid review resources as well as numerous sets of flash cards or drug charts to review pharmacology. Many students will like the format of the Recall Series.