If you understand how drugs work (pharmacodynamics), how they are handled by the body (pharmacokinetics), how they interact with each other, and how drug treatments are assessed, then you will become a better prescriber. A Textbook of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics gives you that understanding.
Fully revised throughout and extensively illustrated, the fifth edition of this well-established textbook has been streamlined to focus on what medical students and junior doctors really need to know in order to understand the implications of prescribing one drug over, or in combination with, another. The text provides current information on all areas of drug prescribing with updated discussion and guidance on such topics as adverse drug reactions, 'personalized medicine', gene and cell-based therapy, advances in cancer therapy, and mechanisms of drug action and treatment guidelines in HIV and mycobacterial infections therapy. A new chapter on alternative medicines and nutraceuticals has been introduced and Further Reading lists have been updated to include key medical websites.
All medical students and junior doctors who read this book will learn not only how to use drugs safely and effectively, but, importantly, the rationale behind effective prescribing decisions.
Table of Contents
Part 1 General principles
Part 2 The nervous system
Part 3 The musculoskeletal system
Part 4 The cardiovascular system
Part 5 The respiratory system
Part 6 The alimentary system
Part 7 Fluids and electrolytes
Part 8 The endocrine system
Part 9 Selective toxicity
Part 10 Haematology
Part 11 Immunopharmacology
Part 12 The skin
Part 13 The eye
Part 14 Clinical toxicology
James Ritter, Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at King's College London School of Medicine, Guy's, King's and St Thomas' Hospitals, London, UK
Lionel Lewis, Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology and Toxicology at Dartmouth Medical School, Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA
Tim Mant, Senior Medical Advisor at Quintiles, Guy's Drug Research Unit, and Visiting Professor at King's College London School of Medicine, Guy's, King's and St Thomas' Hospitals, London, UK
Albert Ferro, Reader in Clinical Pharmacology at King's College London School of Medicine, Guy's, King's and St Thomas' Hospitals, London, UK
"This is an excellent source for medical students and young doctors who are learning the art of using drugs in medical practice."
—Thomas L. Pazdernik (University of Kansas), Doody's Publishing Service
"If you only buy one clinical pharmacology textbook for medical school, make it this one."
—Oxford Medical School Gazette