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Making Sense of Pharmacology
Understanding Pharmacology for Health Professionals
provides a well-organized, easy-to-understand introduction to the world of drugs and pharmaceuticals. The Fifth Edition is structured into three broad, clear units that divide the vast subject of pharmacology into an approachable guide for students and experienced health professionals. Today’s most up-to-date drug information is enhanced with beautiful illustrations and photographs that allow students to delve into the visual world of pharmacology while deeply engaging with the text. A comprehensive drug reference glossary as well as a set of thorough appendices supplements the text to further simplify the extensive array of drug information available.

Impeccably organized and enjoyable to read, Understanding Pharmacology for Health Professionals makes a broad and difficult subject matter both graspable and interesting for both students and practicing health professionals.

Table of contents

UNIT 1Introduction to Pharmacology: Understanding the Past History, Present Uses, and Future of Drugs
1.Introduction to Pharmacology and the History of Drugs
2.Drug Design, Testing, Manufacturing, and Marketing
3.Drug Forms
4.Routes of Administration and the Drug Cycle
5.Using Drugs Therapeutically
6.The Prescription

UNIT 2Understanding Drugs and Drug Categories by Body Systems
7.Urinary Drugs
8.Gastrointestinal Drugs
9.Musculoskeletal Drugs
10.Respiratory Drugs
11.Cardiovascular Drugs
12.Hematologic Drugs
13.Gynecologic and Obstetric Drugs
14.Endocrine Drugs
15.Neurologic Drugs
16.Psychiatric Drugs
17.Dermatologic Drugs
18.Ophthalmic Drugs
19.Ears, Nose, and Throat Drugs

UNIT 3Understanding Other Drugs and Drug Categories
20.Analgesic Drugs
21.Anti-Infective Drugs
22.Chemotherapy Drugs
23.Vaccines
24.Anesthetic Drugs
25.Emergency Drugs, Intravenous Fluids, and Blood Products

APPENDICES
Appendix A
Top 50 Prescription Drugs 2010-2013
Top 50 Prescription Drugs by Sales
Top 50 Prescription Drugs by Number of Prescriptions
Appendix BGlossary of Key Words with Definitions
Appendix CGlossary of Abbreviations, Short Forms, Symbols, and Their Meanings
Appendix DSound-Alike Drug Names
Appendix EISMP List of Error-Prone Abbreviations, Symbols, and Dose Designations
Appendix FDrugs Recently Taken Off the Market
Appendix GEndings Common to Generic Drug Names and their Drug Categories

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