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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Joan Stachnik, PharmD, BCPS (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy)
Description: This is the fifth edition of a book on treatment of major disease states, with an emphasis on medication selection based on the pathophysiology of the disorder. It is an update of the 1999 edition.
Purpose: The purpose of the book is to provide healthcare professionals, primarily pharmacists, and students with a pathophysiologic basis for medication selection. The authors recognize the important role of pharmacists in assuring that patients receive appropriate and optimal drug therapy. This role can only be fulfilled if the practicing clinician has a strong foundation in pathophysiology and pharmacotherapy. Given the complexity of disease state management and continual advances in pharmacotherapy, this is a necessary book. As with previous editions, the authors exceed the book's objectives.
Audience: This book is written for practicing clinicians, primarily pharmacists, who are responsible for recommending or managing a patient's drug therapy. It is also written for students, to provide them with a strong foundation in these areas. The authors of each chapter are selected for their expertise in various areas. The editors are all recognized educators and clinicians.
Features: The book covers the basic concepts of pharmacotherapy as well as major disease states. Each chapter includes a review of the epidemiology, etiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, and treatment of major disease states. Although new information has been added, the format of each chapter remains consistent with previous editions. This makes the book familiar to long-time users, and easy to use for students. Several new chapters have been added. Graphs, illustrations, and tables are used frequently to illustrate major concepts.
Assessment: This is likely one of the most well-established references in use by practicing pharmacist-clinicians and students. It is more comprehensive than other similar books and has expanded its content since first published in 1988. This new edition continues to provide valuable information for the pharmacotherapeutic management of disease states.