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From The CriticsReviewer: Melissa M. Ranieri, BS, PharmD (Temple University School of Pharmacy)
Description: This introduction to the pharmacy profession reviews the history of pharmacy, along with the evolution of the modern role of the pharmacist. This second edition includes updates from recent pharmacy literature that can help pharmacy students understand current issues in the profession.
Purpose: This book would be useful in introductory pharmacy courses or as independent reading for those starting a career in pharmacy. The author succeeds in clearly reviewing the background of pharmacy, as well as current issues such as medication therapy management. A chapter is dedicated to career paths and communication, both of which are of interest for pharmacy students.
Audience: After reading the book, pharmacy students will have an accurate view of the profession, including its history and current challenges. It also gives them the opportunity to learn about involvement in pharmacy associations and to understand the career opportunities available to them. The book provides a broad spectrum of ideas and information.
Features: The first section on the history of the profession includes a timeline to orient readers. It explores the role of technology in advancing the profession, including robotics and physician order entry. Topics such as communication are particularly helpful for students, and this chapter includes techniques to improve this skill along with examples. Concepts such as the pharmacist-patient relationship, counseling, and interacting with physicians are all covered. A chapter on pharmacy ethics, which includes the code of ethics, helps readers understand the responsibilities of a pharmacist to a patient and to other healthcare professionals. Features such as contact information for pharmacy internships, a self-assessment chart for career planning, and information on reviewing pharmacy literature are all excellent additions which can help pharmacy students in their career paths.
Assessment: This is an excellent resource for pharmacy students embarking on their careers. It provides a comprehensive overview of the profession in an easy to read format. Each chapter is organized into sections and includes pertinent tables and checklists that emphasize important concepts. This edition provides updated literature with timely information to help students understand current issues.