Medical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Edition 4

by Derek G. Waller

The fourth edition of Medical Pharmacology and Therapeutics provides a complete basis for learning about safe and effective prescribing of modern medicines. It offers all the pharmacology medical students will need – from basic science pharmacology and pathophysiology, through to clinical pharmacology and therapeutics, in line with today’s integrated curricula. The disease-based approach and clear presentation of how drugs are used in clinical practice sets it apart from other texts and helps make it such an invaluable guide for all health professionals from the start of their course until after they have qualified.

This new edition has been extensively revised and updated throughout. Key features include:

¦ Succinct explanations of the major pathogenic mechanisms of each disease and consequent clinical signs and symptoms

¦ Comprehensive reviews of major drug classes relevant to each disease

¦ A structured approach to the principles of disease management – outlining core principles of drug choice and planning a therapeutic regimen for common diseases

¦ Quick-reference drug compendia, which illustrate key similarities and differences among drugs in each class

¦ New sections on key and evolving topics, including headache and drug treatment in palliative care

¦ Re-worked art programme to further clarify complex areas

¦ Fully revised self-assessment questions and case-based exercises – to test understanding and aid revision

  • Integrates basic science pharmacology, clinical pharmacology and therapeutics
  • Brief review of pathophysiology of major diseases
  • Case histories and self-assessment questions (and answers)
  • Tabular presentation of all common drugs within each class
  • Section on further reading
  • Includes more on genetic issues
  • Drug tables made more concise to make information more accessible
  • Fully updated to reflect current clinical practice


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