Fundamentals of Pharmacology: An Applied Approach for Nursing and Health

Fundamentals of Pharmacology: An Applied Approach for Nursing and Health

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By (author) Alan Galbraith, By (author) Shane Bullock, By (author) Elizabeth Manias, By (author) Barry Hunt, By (author) Ann Richards

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  • Publisher: Pearson Education (US)
  • Format: Paperback | 976 pages
  • Dimensions: 210mm x 274mm x 43mm | 2,654g
  • Publication date: 30 December 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Philadelphia
  • ISBN 10: 0131869019
  • ISBN 13: 9780131869011
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 112,405

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Your comprehensive and current introduction to the fascinating field of Pharmacology, applied to Nursing and Health! Now fully updated in line with changes in clinical practice, new drugs and research developments.This clear and readable text will guide you through how drugs act within the body coupled with their clinical application. Sections covering social, legal and professional issues are included alongside the scientific principles of pharmacology. Drug groups are considered according to their pharmacological effects, their action on physiological processes and the conditions they are used to treat.

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Alan Galbraith is an international consultant and was formally based at Edith Cowan University in Australia Shane Bullock teaches at the School of Biomedical Science, James Cook University, Australia Elizabeth Manias teaches at the School of Nursing, University of Melbourne, Australia. Barry Hunt has experience of teaching pharmacology to a wide range of health professionals. He is Dean of the Faculty of Health & Human Sciences at the University of Hertfordshire Ann Richards teaches pharmacology in the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences at the University of Hertfordshire.

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Amazon customer reviews: 'An excellent book for any medical clinician... A valuble resource for anyone studying pre-hospital medicine and paramedic science'. 'This book has all you need to know in pharmacology without getting lost in the subject. Extremely helpful for all health care professionals who directly provide drugs for their patients. Especially excellent resource for paramedics'. '... I was very impressed by the clarity and readability of the pages finding them to be set out well, using boxed areas, icons, bullet points and a case study approach within the chapters. Additionally the questions at the end of each chapter provided useful reflection and revision of my reading, and helped ensure that I remembered what I had read... and the many diagrams are clear and easy to understand... The book groups drugs according to their pharmacological effects, their actions and the conditions they are used to treat which is away from the traditional systematic approach. It has certainly helped deepen my knowledge of the principles of pharmacology in a non threatening enjoyable way...'

Table of contents

GlossaryIndexBrief contents List of figuresList of tablesPrefaceAcknowledgements Section I Pharmacology within the social context Chapter 1 An historical perspective Chapter 2 Sociocultural aspects Section II Pharmacology within the professional context Chapter 3 Drug administration and the law Chapter 4 Ethical issues Chapter 5 The roles and responsibilities of nurses Chapter 6 The roles and responsibilities of other health-care professionals Section III Drug administration and professional responsibilities Chapter 7 Drug formulations, storage and routes of administration Chapter 8 The clinical decision-making process Chapter 9 Drug administration strategies and documentation Chapter 10 Medication errors Chapter 11 Management of common adverse drug reactions Section IV General aspects of pharmacology Chapter 12 Drug nomenclature Chapter 13 Pharmacokinetics: absorption and distribution Chapter 14 Pharmacokinetics: metabolism and excretion Chapter 15 Drug interactions Chapter 16 Pharmacodynamics Chapter 17 Drug development, evaluation and safety Chapter 18 Pharmacogenetics Chapter 19 Pharmacokinetic factors that modify drug action Chapter 20 Paediatric pharmacology and pharmacology in older people Section V Toxicology Chapter 21 Poisoning and envenomation Chapter 22 Management of clinical overdose Chapter 23 Contemporary drugs of abuse Chapter 24 Drug abuse in sport Section VI Autonomic pharmacology Chapter 25 General aspects of autonomic pharmacology Chapter 26 Adrenergic pharmacology Chapter 27 Cholinergic pharmacology Section VII Chemical mediators Chapter 28 Introduction to chemical mediators Chapter 29 Histamine and antihistamines Chapter 30 Prostaglandins and serotonin Chapter 31 Nitric oxide and the endothelins Section VIII Modulation of behaviour, cognition and motor activity Chapter 32 General concepts of central nervous system pharmacology Chapter 33 Antipsychotic drugs Chapter 34 Anxiolytics and hypnotics Chapter 35 Antidepressants and mood stabilisers Chapter 36 Drugs used in neurodegenerative disorders Chapter 37 Antiseizure drugs and muscle relaxants Chapter 38 Central nervous system stimulants Section IX Drugs used to relieve pain and produce anaesthesia Chapter 39 Narcotic analgesics Chapter 40 Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, antipyretic and analgesic drugs Chapter 41 General anaesthesia Chapter 42 Local anaesthesia Section X Modulation of oxygenation and perfusion Chapter 43 Drugs used to lower blood lipids Chapter 44 Antihypertensive drugs Chapter 45 Drugs used to promote tissue perfusion Chapter 46 Anticoagulants, thrombolytics and antiplatelet drugs Chapter 47 Diuretics and other renal drugs Chapter 48 Drugs used to treat cardiac insufficiency Chapter 49 Fluid and potassium imbalances Chapter 50 Antianaemic drugs Chapter 51 Drugs used to maintain gas exchange Chapter 52 Over-the-counter respiratory medicines Section XI Modulation of gastrointestinal function Chapter 53 Upper gastrointestinal tract drugs Chapter 54 Lower gastrointestinal tract drugs Chapter 55 Nausea and vomiting Section XII Modulation of body growth, development and metabolism Chapter 56 Drugs and the pituitary gland Chapter 57 The thyroid and the pancreas Chapter 58 The adrenal cortex and the gonads Chapter 59 Hyperuricaemia and gout Chapter 60 Obesity Section XIII Nutritional and natural therapies Chapter 61 Vitamins Chapter 62 Minerals Chapter 63 Amino acids Chapter 64 Enteral and parenteral nutrition Chapter 65 Herbal medicines Section XIV Modulation of cellular growth and proliferation Chapter 66 Introduction to chemotherapy Chapter 67 Sulphonamides and trimethoprim Chapter 68 Antibacterial drugs Chapter 69 Antituberculotic and antileprotic drugs Chapter 70 Antiseptics and disinfectants Chapter 71 Antiparasitic drugs Chapter 72 Antimalarial drugs Chapter 73 Antiviral drugs Chapter 74 Antifungal drugs Chapter 75 Vaccines and immunomodulating drugs Chapter 76 Cytotoxic drugs Chapter 77 Gene therapies Section XV Drugs used topically Chapter 78 Drugs used in diseases of the skin Chapter 79 Drugs and the eye Appendix A Common prescription terminologyAppendix B Common US generic drugs namesAppendix C SI unitsAppendix D Drug calculationsAppendix E Common symbols used in medication chartsAppendix F Common word mix-upsAppendix G Drug-herb interactionsAppendix H Orphan drugs GlossaryIndex