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From The CriticsReviewer: Thomas L. Pazdernik, PhD(University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This 12th edition of the most authoritative book in pharmacology is the best both in content and physical appearance.
Purpose: The guiding principles established in the first edition published in 1941 were to relate current medical scientific information to the actions of drugs with a focus on the application of pharmacodynamic principles to therapeutics. These basic principles have been the basis of all further editions of this multiauthored book, with the addition of new chapter authors and the implementation of advances in publishing formats, including new full-color figures and narrated animations in this current version. This edition retains the best of the original while incorporating advances in science and publishing to yield a very useful and informative book bridging pharmacology and therapeutics. The editors have done an outstanding job with this edition.
Audience: With its balance of basic science and clinical application, this book has served as the most authoritative resource guiding thousands of teachers, students, and practitioners to a clear understanding of how to use drugs to advance medical science with the goal of preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases. This edition continues to provide valuable guidance to anyone dealing with any facet of pharmacology or therapeutics.
Features: The organization of this book is similar to previous editions and comparable to those found in most pharmacology textbooks. However, this edition is enriched by the contributions of 50 new scientific experts who have joined with many past chapter authors to bring readers the most current information on drugs used in therapy. The focus on basic principles continues with new chapters on drug invention, molecular mechanisms of drug action, drug toxicity and poisoning, principles of antimicrobial therapy, and pharmacotherapy of obstetrical and gynecological disorders. All figures are now in full color and the editors have standardized the format from chapter to chapter so that readers will find details of interest under the same bold heading in each chapter. Extensive use of well-designed figures (over 440), tables, and bulleted points will help students who wish to focus on high-yield information for local and national examinations. An online version is available at McGraw-Hill's websites, AccessMedicine.com and AccessPharmacy.com and it contains updates, reviews of newly approved drugs, animations of drug action, and hyperlinks to relevant information in prior editions, plus all of the other enrichments offered via these sites including hyperlinks of drugs to drug monographs (I use this almost on a daily basis). Moreover, a CD with an image bank accompanies the book and makes all tables and figures available for use in presentations.
Assessment: This edition of Goodman & Gilman's continues to be the most authoritative and widely used resource bridging the discipline of pharmacology with therapeutics. Moreover, readers will find this edition to be substantially improved from past editions in both content and physical appearance.