Melmon and Morrelli's Clinical Pharmacology: Basic Principles in Therapeutics

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Kenneth L. Melmon, S. George Carruthers, Howard F. Morrelli, George Carruthers
McGraw Hill Professional, 2000 - Medical - 1433 pages
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Comprehensive and current, this one-of-a-kind resource offers students and practitioners an ideal reference in therapeutic drug decision-making. . . Melmon and Morrelli's Clinical Pharmacology builds the necessary links among scientific principles, fact-based evidence, and clinical experience. Designed to aid physicians at all levels in improving the quality of treatment and providing optimal pharmotherapeutic plans for patients, this resource outlines a problem-based approach to drug therapy that emphasizes the rationale behind it.. . Fully updated to keep pace with advances in medicine, Melmon and Morrelli's Clinical Pharmacology is 75% new and substantially revised, with new coverage of antimicrobials, drug kinetics and dynamics, drug interactions, and more. With chapters written by leading international experts in many therapeutic fields, this resource provides: . . *In-depth discussions of the principles of therapeutic choice that apply across multiple types of treatment. *Chapters on drug treatments for pulmonary, infectious, cardiovascular, psychiatric, hematologic diseases, and other areas frequently encountered in internal medicine. *Coverage of special-case scenarios, such as stages of life and patients with various drug needs. *Easy-to-find practical information on evidence of effectiveness, toxicity, cost/benefit ratios, acute effects, and long-term outcomes.

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Desiccated thyroid is hardly obsolete (see page 598). It is a prescription medication that is currently used worldwide for the treatment of hypothyroidism. I know because I am taking desiccated thyroid hormone replacement, which is prescribed to me by my GP and which I may purchase - on my drug plan - from any ordinary pharmacy.
Melmon and Morrelli have written a very thick book, but this is a grievous error, especially considering the low cost and high efficacy of this very old and time-tested pharmaceutical preparation.
I urge the authors to issue an erratum and to correct this error in future editions.
 

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Carruthers is Professor of Medicine, University of Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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