Reviewer: Christopher Widdick, PharmD Student(Temple University School of Pharmacy)
Description: For students about to take the boards, or healthcare professionals who want to brush up, this is a comprehensive collection of data on disease states and the therapy used to treat them. It also covers topics such as pharmacokinetics, pharmacy law, and pharmaceutical calculations.
Purpose: The main purpose is to provide a condensed, all-inclusive review of pharmacy, which the book does very well. Readers do not lose the big picture in a lot of small detail.
Audience: Since the intent of the book is to reinforce just the principal information, readers without previous training may need further information to fully understand topics. The review is a publication of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).
Features: The book's user-friendly layout segregates each topic into sections then outlines the background information before proceeding to the core drug knowledge. In an effort to reinforce readers' confidence, each section contains a summary test at the end. The answers, provided directly after the section, include reasoning for the correct conclusion and choice. As a pharmacy student, I have found it difficult to digest the information crammed into the short semesters. The topics in this book are in sequential order and include some I haven't seen in at least two semesters.
Assessment: Overall, I found this book a great way to refresh my memory of pharmacy topics covered earlier in the curriculum. Because I wasn't seeing these topics for the first time and getting slammed with test after test, I was able to retain the information, which was presented in a beautiful format. The table of contents precisely lays out the areas covered. The only shortcoming is the lack of images, although the book does contain tables of information. However, since the majority of the book is straight text, it may not be the best choice for visual learners.