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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kristen M. Quinn, PharmD (Jeanes Hospital)
Description: This is the seventh edition of a handbook designed to help healthcare professionals easily access up-to-date medication therapy to help them make decisions in a clinical setting.
Purpose: The book meets the worthy objective of being a pocket companion to Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, 7th edition, by DiPiro et al. (McGraw-Hill, 2008).
Audience: It certainly meets its goal of providing practitioners and students with critical information to guide drug therapy in a clinical setting. The authors are doctors of pharmacy or board certified clinical pharmacists.
Features: The book addresses all aspects of 84 disease states and disorders, from presentation and pathology to treatment and monitoring. Each chapter focuses on individual groups of medication considered for treatment and gives a concise overview of them in easy to see bulleted points. The qualities that I find especially useful are that charts and algorithms are easily identifiable and tables are shaded light gray for quick reference.
Assessment: Although this handbook contains an enormous amount of information, it conveniently fits into a lab coat pocket. It is an extremely useful reference.