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Human Pharmacology





ISBN 9780748408122
Published September 27, 2000 by CRC Press
182 Pages

 
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Book Description

Pharmacology, in its own right, is a massive subject area and has been the focus of several major textbooks. Human Pharmacology is a readable, introductory text covering all of the main aspects of pharmacology in a way that enthuses the reader to study the subject further. Each chapter includes line drawings and figures to illustrate concepts and mechanisms of action. Each chapter ends with a selection of recommended reading and multiple choice revision questions. The author introduction to the science of pharmacology allows readers to appreciate why and how certain drugs alleviate the symptoms of disease.

Table of Contents

PRINCIPLES OF DRUG ACTIONS AND EFFECTS
Introduction
The Dose-Response Relationship
Mechanisms of Drug Action
The Nature of Receptors
Variations in Receptor Distribution and Population Summary

DRUGS ACTING ON THE PERIPHERAL NERVOUS SYSTEM
Introduction
The Anatomy of the Peripheral Nervous System
Drugs Affecting the Nerve Impulse
Neuromuscular Blockers
Drugs Acring on the Sympathetic Nervous System

THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM AND DRUGS USED IN PSYCHIATRY
Introduction
Drugs that Decrease CNS Activity
Drugs that Increase CNS Activity
Drug Dependence and Substance Abuse

THE TREATMENT OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISORDERS
Introduction
Essential Physiology of the Cardiovascular System
Disorders of Cardiac Rhythm and their Treatment
Heart Failure and its Treatment
Drugs Used in the Treatment of Angina
Hypotension and its Treatment
Hypertension and its Treatment

DRUGS AFFECTING THE BLOOD AND ITS COMPOSITION
Introduction
Drugs Acting on Blood Cell Formation and Activity
Drugs Affecting Haemostasis
Drugs Affecting Plasma Composition

THE TREATMENT OF RESPIRATORY DISORDER S
Introduction
The Physiological Control of Respiration
Drugs Affecting the Respiratory System

DRUGS ACTING ON THE GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT, BLADDER, AND UTERUS
Introduction
Drugs Acting on the Gastrointestinal Tract
Drugs Acting on the Bladder
Drugs Acting on the Uterus

PHARMACOLOGICAL MANIPULATION OF THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM
Introduction
The Treatment of Thyroid Disorders and Therapeutic Use of Thyroid Hormones
Disorders of the Endocrine Control of Calcium Balance and their Treatment
Disorders of the Endocrine Pancreas and their Treatment
Disorders of the Adrenal Gland and the Use of Adrenal Hormones and their Analogues
Therapeutic Uses of Male Sex Hormones and the Pharmaceutical Treatment of Male Reproductive Disorders
Therapeutic Uses of Female Sex Hormones and the Pharmaceutical Treatment of Female Reproductive Disorders
Therapeutic Uses of Pituitary Hormones and their Analogues

THE TREATMENT OF ALLERGIES AND INFLAMMATION
Introduction
The Physiology of Inflammation and the Immune Response
Characteristics of Inflammatory Mediators
Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Other Drugs for the Relief of Inflammatory Conditions
Antihistamines
Immunosuppressants

APPLIED PHARMACOLOGY
Introduction
Basic Pharmacokinetics
Individual Variation in Drug Effects
Drug Interactions
The Placebo Response

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''A well written and interesting text."
-- Doody Publishing

''This small, condensed book provides an excellent introduction to pharmacology...valuable to new pharmacology students, and also to students and specialists of other disciplines who require a fast understanding of mechanisms and clinical uses of drugs...Its conciseness and clarity is aided by clear, explanatory diagrams...the author's aims was "to provide an introduction to the sciences of pharmacology...," to my mind, these aims have been achieved very well.
--Trudy L. Knight, BTS Newsletter

''I found the multiple choice questions at the end of each chapter useful and hopefully students will also.
-- Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology