A Textbook of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics by James M. Ritter
Clinical pharmacology is the science of drug use in humans. Clinicians of all specialties prescribe drugs on a daily basis, and this is both one of the most useful but also one of the most dangerous activities of our professional lives.
Understanding the principles of clinical pharmacology is the basis of safe and eective therapeutic practice, which is why this subject forms an increasingly important part of the medical curriculum.
This textbook is addressed primarily to medical students and junior doctors of all specialties, but also to other professionals who increasingly prescribe medicines (including pharmacists, nurses and some other allied professionals).
If you understand how drugs work (pharmacodynamics), how they are handled by the body (pharmacokinetics), how they interact with each other, and how drug treatments are assessed, then you will become a better prescriber. A Textbook of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics gives you that understanding.
Fully revised throughout and extensively illustrated, the fifth edition of this well-established textbook has been streamlined to focus on what medical students and junior doctors really need to know in order to understand the implications of prescribing one drug over, or in combination with, another.
The text provides current information on all areas of drug prescribing with updated discussion and guidance on such topics as adverse drug reactions, ‘personalized medicine’, gene and cell-based therapy, advances in cancer therapy, and mechanisms of drug action and treatment guidelines in HIV and mycobacterial infections therapy. A new chapter on alternative medicines and nutraceuticals has been introduced and Further Reading lists have been updated to include key medical websites.
The rst section deals with general principles including pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and the various factors that modify drug disposition and drug interaction.
The remaining sections of the book deal comprehensively with major systems (nervous, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, alimentary, renal, endocrine, blood, skin and eye) and
with multi-system issues including treatment of infections, malignancies, immune disease, addiction and poisoning.
All medical students and junior doctors who read this book will learn not only how to use drugs safely and effectively, but, importantly, the rationale behind effective prescribing decisions.
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About the Author
James Ritter, Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at King’s College London School of Medicine, Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, London, UK.
Tim Mant, Senior Medical Advisor at Quintiles, Guy’s Drug Research Unit, and Visiting Professor at King’s College London School of Medicine, Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, London, UK.
Lionel Lewis, Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology and Toxicology at Dartmouth Medical School, Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA.
Albert Ferro, Reader in Clinical Pharmacology at King’s College London School of Medicine, Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, London, UK
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