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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kathleen M Woodruff, DNP (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This is an update of an essential reference for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. This revised edition is necessary to maintain accuracy and currency in the ever changing field of pharmacology and healthcare. The previous editions were published in 2001 and 2006.
Purpose: The goal is to create a comprehensive resource of didactic and clinical information in a single reference. This book focuses on providing a balance between a systematic disease approach and the clinical approach of exploring pharmacotherapeutics. These challenging objectives are accomplished in this book.
Audience: This is ideal for nurse practitioner and physician assistant students as well as experienced practitioners. It works well not only as a clear and concise beginning reference, but also as a frequently used resource in the office. The authors are well versed in pharmacology and clinical prescribing.
Features: The book is clear and well organized. The introductory unit focuses on the basic principles of pharmacology. The subsequent units focus on a systems approach to therapeutics. Each chapter follows a standardized format that helps readers locate needed information easily. The text is augmented by many essential tables, clinic care algorithms for many of the disorders, and clinically appropriate case studies.
Assessment: This user-friendly reference will be an excellent addition to any advanced practice provider's library. The recommendations of first, second, and third line therapies are extremely helpful.