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From The CriticsReviewer: Eric M. Scholar, PhD (University of Nebraska Medical Center)
Description: This volume in the Progress in Drug Research series presents five extensive reviews that highlight the latest discoveries in herbal medicines, antiherpes agents, antianginal drugs, purine CDK inhibitors, and anti-influenza drugs.
Purpose: "The purpose is to extensively review specific topics. These are worthy objectives as these are all key areas of drug research. The objectives of the authors are met throughout the book.
Audience: The book is written for students and investigators interested in or working in the specific field covered by each chapter.
Features: "This book reviews five areas of current drug research providing up-to-date information on these topics. The first article is devoted to herbal drugs and discusses four widely used herbal drugs. The second chapter provides an overview of several drugs used to treat herpesvirus diseases. The third chapter discusses the quantitative structural activity relationships of antianginal drugs and the fourth chapter provides a survey and quantitative structural activity analysis of purine analogs as CDK enzyme inhibitory agents. The last chapter discusses anti-influenza drugs acting as neuraminidase inhibitors. The quality of the different chapters varies significantly. "
Assessment: "The chapter on herbal medicine provides much unnecessary detail about every chemical constituent in the herbs, making it difficult to decide which components are important and what are the most important actions of each herb. It also claims to describe four of the most widely used herbal products but the choice of the four is very questionable. The chapters on herpesvirus infections and anti-influenza drugs are well written, comprehensive and informative. The two chapters on quantitative structural activity relationships are exhaustively complete but difficult to read and understand except for those who may work specifically in that field.