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3rd Edition

Introducing Pharmacology
For Nursing and Healthcare

ISBN 9781138549197
Published April 23, 2019 by Routledge
430 Pages 179 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This third edition of Introducing Pharmacology provides an accessible and engaging introduction to the subject of pharmacology for nursing and healthcare students – and anyone needing to refresh their knowledge of this important area.

The third edition recognises that many nursing and healthcare courses are now requiring students to engage with the subject of pharmacology at a higher level. Accordingly, this edition has been reinforced with more advanced pharmacology that will help these students, but without losing the clarity and accessibility of earlier editions.

This popular text includes:

• Clear explanations of how drugs work in the human body

• The underlying physiology and pathophysiology necessary for an understanding of the action of drugs

• Coverage of the common drug groups that nurses and other healthcare professionals are likely to encounter in practice

• Case-studies, relating pharmacological theory to clinical practice

• An extensive glossary of key terms and definitions

New to this edition:

  • A new ‘beyond the basics’ feature, providing a deeper explanation of the mechanism of action of key drugs, supporting students studying at a more advanced level
  • A new section covering drugs for the treatment of nausea and labyrinthine disorders
  • An expanded chapter on drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics
  • Enhanced and more detailed illustrations
  • Updated content that reflects latest guidelines and recently licensed drugs

Table of Contents

Part 1: Principles of pharmacology

1. Let’s start at basics: cells and how they work

2. Protein targets for drugs

3. Side-effects, interactions and pharmacokinetics

Part 2: The major drug groups

4. The cardiovascular system (1): drugs used in the management of coronary artery disease

5. The cardiovascular system (2): hypertension and antihypertensive drugs

6. Pain and its management

7. Disorders and drugs of the digestive system

8. Infection and antimicrobial drugs (bugs and drugs)

9. Disorders and drugs of the respiratory system

10. Disorders and drugs of the endocrine system

11. Mental health and neurological disorders

12. Cancer and anti-cancer drugs

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Roger McFadden is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences at Birmingham City University (BCU). Now semi-retired, Roger has spent many years teaching pharmacology to nurses and students from allied health professions. He helped develop BCU’s acclaimed Non-medical Prescribing course that has trained many hundreds of nurses to become independent prescribers.