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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jamila L Stanton, Pharm.D., BCPS (Temple University School of Pharmacy)
Description: This book uses a case-based teaching strategy to apply pharmacotherapy concepts and is directed at readers at all levels of experience and education.
Purpose: The purpose is to help students integrate the knowledge gained during their pharmacy school curriculum into a patient practice setting. A case-based approach to applying pharmacy curriculum is widely used in most academic institutions and is probably the most effective strategy.
Audience: Targeted at a student audience, the book is designed to challenge all levels of knowledge, from basic concepts of pharmacology and patient counseling to more intense cases involving laboratory data and clinical guidelines. This book may also be used by pharmacy residents still in the learning and application phase. Another niche for this book may be among clinical pharmacy faculty, since it provides great examples of both simple and difficult cases and questions to test student knowledge and application skills. The cases may serve as a resource for examination, discussion, and practice questions.
Features: Each chapter is dedicated to a different organ or body system, incorporating various disease states and areas of interest within that system. Other chapters are dedicated to the geriatric and pediatric populations. Answers to all case questions are provided at the end of each chapter with accompanying references. Cases range from simple to difficult and cover both inpatient and outpatient environments. Patient counseling exercises, laboratory markers, and physical exam findings are incorporated as part of the learning experience. It purposefully does not provide a glossary, as students are expected to look up the medical terms and abbreviations. The book may have a limited use outside the U.K., since the drug names and compounds used in the cases vary from country to country. In addition, not all disease states are covered in each chapter, just those diseases selected by the author of each case.
Assessment: This is a unique book, as it tests application skills at all levels of knowledge and education. It would serve as a useful reference for senior students preparing for clinical experiences to review basic and complex disease states through the use of patient cases. Faculty may also find this book useful as a source of cases and questions for the pharmacy curriculum.