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Pocket Atlas of Pharmacology, 4th Edition

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: December 2011 - Volume 43 - Issue 12 - p 2423
doi: 10.1249/01.MSS.0000406631.89816.a9
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ISBN: 978-3137817048. Copyright: 2011. Edition: 4th. Editors: Heinz Luellmann, MD; Klaus Mohr, MD, PhD; Lutz Hein, M.D. Specialties: Pharmacology. Publisher: Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc. List Price: $49.95

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Updated with the most important new substances and scientific developments, this textbook assists students, nurses, and practicing physicians to remain current with the latest developments in pharmacology. This fourth-edition English version serves as a valuable pocket booklet for mastery of the knowledge of drug actions. It first was published in German in 1990, and it has now been published in 10 languages.

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To provide concise information about more than 800 drugs with high-yield descriptions of drug actions. This goal is approached via well-designed four-color plates that bring an important visual component to learning.

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Students of medicine, pharmacy, nursing, and the life sciences.

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This textbook is divided into the three major content areas: general pharmacology, systems pharmacology, and therapy of selected diseases. It includes a succinct recommended reading list and both a drug and subject index. The text is fairly detailed but focuses on high-yield information that practitioners of medicine should know. It includes an access code for plus an online study aid containing 370 multiple-choice questions to test readers’ understanding of basic pharmacology, as related to clinical scenarios; this can be operated in either a tutorial mode or a timed test mode. Featuring a user-friendly layout, jargon-free language, and more than 170 color plates and illustrations, this atlas is divided into four, color-coded sections. Part 1—General pharmacology—includes descriptions of substance formulation, absorption, distribution, elimination, and molecular mechanisms of action. Part 2—Systems pharmacology—provides special emphasis on the functional and therapeutic aspects of numerous medicinal agents. Part 3—Therapy of selected diseases—covers hypertension, acute myocardial infarction, sepsis, and many more. The therapy section has been expanded for this new edition. Part 4—Drug index—is effectively organized by substance, generic, and brand names. Concise, portable, and packed with information, this is the most practical first-stop reference for today’s busy health care professional. Support materials include an access code for a Web site that contains additional resources.

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The authors have developed a marvelous, up-to-date study aid. The color plates are superb and help readers master pharmacotherapeutic applications in patient care. The authors have successfully accomplished their objectives. The format is visually appealing. Being of German origin, American readers will find some difference in the drugs covered, relative to those in American curricula and tested on certification examinations. With that said, visual learners will still find this to be one of the better resources to review the pharmacology required for the practice of medicine and passage of licensure certification examinations.

RATING: ★★★★

Reviewed by: Thomas Pazdernik, PhD (University Medical Center Kansas City, KS)

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