Pharmacology Condensed

Pharmacology Condensed

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By (author) Maureen M. Dale, By (author) Dennis G. Haylett

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  • Publisher: CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE
  • Format: Mixed media product | 132 pages
  • Dimensions: 216mm x 274mm x 10mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 28 January 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0443067732
  • ISBN 13: 9780443067730
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 83,468

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"Pharmacology Condensed, 2nd Edition" is a companion volume to Rang et al's "Pharmacology", sets out to provide the reader with the quintessence of pharmacology, delineating, in text and summary diagrams, the key points of the information which will be needed later in professional life. It will help reinforce the facts and concepts in pharmacology that are essential in appreciating how drugs work and their underlying pathophysiological processes.Each of the 49 short chapters adopts a standard approach and the book includes many illustrations specially designed to summarize textual material. Within each chapter, several drugs may be mentioned but only the most important drugs from each group are set out in bold type. Readers using this book will gain a fuller understanding of the essential aspects of pharmacology. It will also be of considerable help in preparing for examinations. This book is best used with "Rang Pharmacology" but can also be used in conjunction with another pharmacology textbook.

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By berniebh 02 Feb 2012 4

Pharmacology is one of those topics that I believe you have to learn on-the-go after you learnt the basics in your pre-clinical years in med school. Having all three members of the Rang and Dale (R+D) family, I finally realized the potential each of them have separately. R+D flashcards (the little sister) are amazing for 'on-the-run' revision, especially if you want something portable to put in your bag. R+D (the big, fat father) have everything you need to know, and more, in the book. R+D condensed (the sensible, older brother) is a nice hybrid of the former two.

R+D condensed is great for last minute pharmacology revision or even as a quick guide to read up the essential information on most classes of drugs. Just enough to sound like you 'know your stuff' in PBL or ward rounds (but not enough to sound like a pharmacist). I found this book to be a great companion to the BNF, as little of the clinical indications are described in the R+D condensed.

The main downside of this book is the lack of colors (compared to the 'big' R+D, Elsevier's Integrated Pharmacology and Pharmacology At a Glance). Despite that, I still think this is a worthy candidate to be on your bookshelf.

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"Both these books are written for medical and pharmacology undergraduates and as such they go into some depth on drug action at a molecular level and the chemistry of drugs in relation to their interaction at sites of action. However, Pharmacology Condensed can be used on its own or with other pharmacology texts and could be of use to nurse educators and to students themselves." Nurse Education in Practice, September 2009

Table of contents

1 General Principles of drug action 2 Molecular aspects of drug action 3 Excitable tissues and secretory mechanisms 4 Cell proliferation and apoptosis 5 Measurement of drug action 6 Absorption and distribution of drugs 7 Drug metabolism and excretion 8 Pharmacokinetic aspects of drug action 9 The autonomic nervous system 10 Cholinergic transmission 11 Noradrenergic transmission 12 Other peripheral mediators: 5-hydroxytryptamine and purines 13 Other peripheral mediators: peptides and proteins 14 Other peripheral mediators: nitric oxide 15 Cannabinoids 16 Inflammation & anti-inflammatory drugs 17 Immune responses and immunosuppressant drugs 18 Cardiac rhythm and dysrhythmias 19 Blood pressure and hypertension 20 Cardiac blood flow, angina and myocardial infarction 21 Cardiac output and cardiac failure 22 Atheromatous disease and lipoprotein metabolism 23 Haemostasis and thrombosis 24 The haemopoietic system 25 Respiration, asthma and COPD 26 The kidney 27 The gastrointestinal tract 28 Blood sugar and diabetes 29 The anterior pituitary and the adrenal cortex 30 The thyroid 31 Bone metabolism 32 The reproductive system 33 Outline of transmission and drug action in the CNS 34 Aminoacid transmitters in the CNS 35 Other CNS transmitters 36 Neurodegenerative disorders 37 General anaesthetics 38 Anxiolytic and hypnotic drugs 39 Antipsychotic drugs 40 Drugs used in affective disorders 41 Antiepileptic drugs 42 Analgesic drugs and the control of pain 43 CNS stimulants and psychotomimetics 44 Local anaesthetics 45 Drug dependence and drug abuse 46 Cancer biology and chemotherapy 47 Antibacterial agents 48 Antiviral drugs 49 Antiprotozoal drugs 50 Antifungal and anthelminthic drugs Appendix 1: The Schild plot and pA2 Appendix 2: The postulated action of NSAIDs on the enzymes Cyclooxygenase-1 and Cyclooxygenasox-2 Appendix 3: The pathogenesis of rheumatoid joint damage and the action of anti-rheumatoid drugs Index