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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Joni L. Stahura, Pharm D(Lexi-Comp, Inc.)
Description: As stated in the preface, this is the pocket companion to DiPiro's Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, 4th Edition (Appleton & Lange, 1999). It is a compendium of concise overviews of select disease states found in the textbook. Each chapter is presented uniformly, giving a definition of the disease state, its pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, desired outcome, and treatment/monitoring information. The first edition, published in 1998, was the pocket companion to Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, 3rd Edition.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a portable summary of the critical information found in the textbook. This is meant to allow easy access to information in a clinical setting.
Audience: The book is written for practitioners and students.
Features: Major disease states and disorders are reveiwed. Bulleted statements provide an easy to read format allowing the reader to go quickly from one statement to another, focusing on areas of interest. Additional information is presented in treatment algorithms and tables. The handbook is a good review of the material, but is not a substitute for the textbook. Readers who are not familiar with the topics covered will need to refer to the textbook for in-depth explanations. The authors of the handbook do provide the reader with a cross reference to the textbook for this purpose.
Assessment: Sections on disease state, pathophysiology, presentation, diagnosis, and desired outcome are good, quick reviews. The treatment and monitoring sections contain basic information, but more detailed references would need to be consulted prior to prescribing. It would be helpful if more key points were referenced within the handbook. The second edition of this handbook does justify replacing the first, in that it is a companion to the new textbook. However, the sections reviewed did not significantly change from the first edition.