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Essential Clinical Pharmacology

  • Peter Lewis
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction to Therapeutics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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  3. Chemotherapy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
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  4. The Central Nervous System

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      Pages 49-49
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  5. The Autonomic Nervous System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
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  6. Hormones and Pregnancy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
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  7. The Kidney and the Gut

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
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  8. The Blood

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
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  9. Topical Therapy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
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  10. Ward Therapeutics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 175-180

About this book

Introduction

This book is about drugs and how they are used in the treat­ ment of disease. The development of effective drugs is one of the wonders of our century. It is difficult to believe that so few of the medicines we now use routinely were available when our grandparents were children. The last 50 years has seen an astonishing burst of dis­ coveries - antibiotics, antihypertensives, antiarrhythmics, psycho­ tropics, anticonvulsants, steroids and many others. Of course this pace of advance has brought problems. Modern drugs are more powerful than the remedies they replaced, so it takes more skill and knowledge to use them correctly. Therapeutics has had to become more disciplined and now relies heavily on clinical pharma­ cology, which is the science of drugs in man. The tradition of this series of books has been to answer the questions an intelligent person would ask about a particular subject. Conventional texts on pharmacology can seem rather dull catalogues of drugs. Of course it is important to identify a drug, but it seems of greater importance to know how drugs work, how they are chosen for particular patients, what problems they produce and why. In this book the Socratic question and answer format has been deliberately chosen to bring out this sort of information.

Keywords

analgesics antibiotics asthma cancer chemotherapy drug infectious disease kidney pharmacology steroids

Authors and affiliations

  • Peter Lewis
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Royal Postgraduate Medical SchoolUniversity of LondonUK
  2. 2.Queen Charlotte’s Hospital LondonUK

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