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Overview

A focused, teach-and-test approach to learning pharmacology
Focus on Pharmacology: Essentials for Health Professionals helps students learn pharmacology by presenting small amounts of information and then offering opportunities for readers to apply what they’ve learned through a variety of exercises. Designed specifically for allied health students, early chapters lay the groundwork for learning pharmacology by introducing its history, legal and ethical principles, drug administration techniques, essential math, calculations, and medication errors. Subsequent chapters offer a structured presentation of the drugs intended to treat specific body systems and associated disorders.

Each drug chapter starts with a concise review of anatomy and physiology, providing a foundation for understanding drug actions and uses. Pharmacologic principles are then presented in a consistent and easy-to-follow format, using clearly identifiable question-headings that help students focus on need-to-know drug information. Pediatric and geriatric pharmacotherapies are covered in detail, as are substance abuse, antibiotics, and other drug categories. Updated with the latest drug information and featuring seven new chapters, the Third Edition’s focused, teach-and-test approach blends concise content with an engaging learning process to help students better retain essential information.

For even more practice and review opportunities pair Focus on Pharmacology with the completely revised and expanded Student Workbook. The Workbook (ISBN-10: 0134525299 / ISBN-13: 9780134525297) contains many different types of review questions, including multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, true/false, and critical-thinking.

Table of contents

Unit 1: General Principles 

1. Introduction to Pharmacology 

2. Pharmacodynamics

3. Pharmacokinetics

4. Drug Toxicity Pharmacogenomics

5. Law and Ethics of Medications 

6. Terminology, Abbreviations, and Dispensing Prescriptions 

7. Administration of Medications 

Unit 2: Mathematics and Dosage Calculations 

8. Principles of Math in Medicine 

9. Measurement Systems and Their Equivalents 

10. Adult and Pediatric Dosage Calculations 

11. Medication Errors and Prevention 

Unit 3: Drug Effects on Multiple Systems 

12. Nutritional Aspects of Pharmacology  

13. Dietary Supplements and Alternative Therapies

14. Toxicology 

15. Substance Abuse and Misuse

16. Antibacterial Agents 

17. Antiviral Agents

18. Antifungal Agents 

19. Antiprotozoal Agents

20. Vaccines and Immunoglobulins

21. Analgesic, Antipyretic, and Anti-Inflammatory Drugs 

22. Antineoplastic Agents 

Unit 4: Drug Effects on Specific Systems 

23. Drugs Used to Treat Central Nervous System Conditions 

24. Drugs Used to Treat Autonomic Nervous System Conditions 

25. Anesthetic Agents 

26. Drugs Used to Treat Skin Conditions 

27. Drugs Used to Treat Cardiovascular Conditions 

28. Drugs Used to Treat Vascular Conditions 

29. Drugs Used to Treat Hyperlipidemia and Related Conditions

30. Anticoagulants 

31. Drugs Used to Treat Fluid and Electrolyte Imbalances 

32. Drugs Used to Treat Endocrine Conditions 

33. Drugs Used to Treat Reproductive Conditions 

34. Drugs Used to Treat Gastrointestinal Conditions 

35. Drugs Used to Treat Respiratory Conditions 

36. Drugs Used to Treat Musculoskeletal Conditions 

37. Drugs Used to Treat Eye Conditions 

Unit 5: Special Populations 

38. Drugs Used to Treat Geriatric Patients 

39. Drugs Used to Treat Pediatric Patients 

40. Drugs Used to Treat Pregnant Patients 

Glossary 

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