404 pages | 179 B/W Illus.
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:
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