Pharmacology for Health Professionals

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Elsevier Australia, 2006 - Pharmacology - 1040 pages
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Gives a comprehensive introduction to important pharmacology principles and concepts and has a strong focus on therapeutics. Written specifically for the Australasian region, it reflects local generic drug names, availability and clinical uses, along with local aspects of scheduling, drug legislation and ethical issues.

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I like the diagrams in this book.
Unfortunately it has lengthy, ambiguous text - difficult for NESB - and even with a Pharm undergrad I had to go and read another text in various spots to make
sense of what it was trying to say. There is important misinformation, relevant information missing, erratic presentation especially with respect to pharmacokinetic parameters, and multiple generalisations made without acknowledging that there are often situations which are exceptions to many of these rules.
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Tries very hard to be politically correct and inclusive of all health professionals however its information is pitched at those critiquing prescribing choices, rather than enabling the student to develop the ability to *make* those choices. For anyone working, or planning to work, clinically, this text is a largely useless resource.
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For anyone who actually needs a working knowledge of Pharmacology, try Rang and Dale, with a smattering of Goodman and Gilman. For those, like me, for whom it is a prescribed text - read something else first, it will make more sense.
 

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