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FOCUS ON PHARMACOLOGY, 2/e focused “teach-and-test” approach to learning pharmacology is designed specifically for allied health students. Early chapters lay the groundwork by introducing pharmacology’s history, legal and ethical principles, drug administration techniques, essential math, and calculations. Following chapters focus on drugs specific to body systems, and each body system chapter concisely reviewing anatomy and physiology, providing a foundation for understanding drug actions and uses. Pediatric and geriatric pharmacotherapies are then covered in detail, as are antibiotics and other drug categories. Updated throughout, this edition contains new chapters on medication errors and prevention, substance abuse, and drugs used to treat pregnant patients; as well as additional coverage of federal laws and herbal supplements. Full-color photos, figures, and tables make this text exceptionally engaging and useful.

Table of contents

Unit I. General Principles

1. Introduction to Pharmacology

2. Law and Ethics of Medications

3. Terminology, Abbreviations, and Dispensing Prescriptions

4. Administration of Medications

Checkpoint Review I


Unit II. Mathematics and Dosage Calculations

5. Basic Mathematics

6. Measurement Systems and Their Equivalents

7. Adult and Pediatric Dosage Calculations

8. Medication Errors and Prevention

Checkpoint Review II


Unit III. Drug Effects on Multiple Systems

9. Nutritional Aspects of Pharmacology and Herbal Substances

10. Toxicology

11. Substance Abuse

12. Antibacterial and Antiviral Agents

13. Antifungal, Antimalarial, and Antiprotozoal Agents

14. Vaccines and Immune Globulins

15. Analgesic, Antipyretic, and Anti-Inflammatory Agents

16. Antineoplastic Agents

Checkpoint Review III


Unit IV. The Effect of Drugs on Specific Systems

17. Drugs Used to Treat Central Nervous System Conditions

18. Drugs Used to Treat Autonomic Nervous System Conditions

19. Anesthetic Agents

20. Drugs Used to Treat Skin Conditions

21. Drugs Used to Treat Cardiovascular Conditions

22. Drugs Used to Treat Vascular Conditions

23. Anticoagulants

24. Drugs Used to Treat Fluid and Electrolyte Balances

25. Drugs Used to Treat Endocrine Conditions

26. Drugs Used to Treat Reproductive Conditions

27. Drugs Used to Treat Gastrointestinal Conditions

28. Drugs Used to Treat Respiratory Conditions

29. Drugs Used to Treat Musculoskeletal Conditions

30. Drugs Used to Treat Eye Conditions


Unit V. Special Populations

31. Drugs Used to Treat Geriatric Patients

32. Drugs Used to Treat Pediatric Patients

33. Drugs Used to Treat Pregnant Patients

Checkpoint Review





A. The 100 Most Commonly Used Drugs in the U.S.

B. Poisons and Antidotes

C. Common Sound-alike Drug Names

D. Answers to Apply Your Knowledge Exercises and Checkpoint Reviews Index

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