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Rang & Dale's Pharmacology: with STUDENT CONSULT Online Access

Rang & Dale's Pharmacology: with STUDENT CONSULT Online Access [Kindle Edition]

Humphrey P. Rang , Maureen M. Dale , James M. Ritter , Rod J. Flower , Graeme Henderson
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"This textbook nimbly covers a wide, complex subject without dumbing it down...It's easy to read (in bite sized chunks) and the liberal use of colour, and high quality paper, add a feel-good factor". BMA Awards 2007, review of the previous edition

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Rang & Dale’s Pharmacology provides you with all the knowledge you need to get through your pharmacology course and beyond. Drs. Humphrey P. Rang, Maureen M. Dale, James M. Ritter, Rod Flower, and Graeme Henderson present a clear and accessible approach to the analysis of therapeutic agents at the cellular and molecular level through detailed diagrams, full-color illustrations, and pedagogical features.

  • Find and cross-reference information quickly using a color-coded layout that makes navigation easy.
  • Effectively understand and review key concepts through detailed diagrams and full-color illustrations that clarify even the most complex concepts.
  • Reinforce your learning with key points boxes and clinical uses boxes that highlight crucial information and clinical applications.
  • Apply current best practices and clinical applications through thoroughly updated and revised drug information.
  • Stay current with the latest developments in the field thanks to major updates in chapters such as How Drugs Act; Amino Acid Transmitters; Analgesic Drugs; Antidepressant Drugs; and Drug Addiction, Dependence & Abuse.
  • Tap into comprehensive content tailored to your courses with new and reorganized chapters on Host Defense; Inflammatory Mediators; Pharmacogenetics, Pharmacogenomics & Personalized Medicine; Hydroxytoptomine & The Pharmacy of Migraine; and Purines.

Build your basic and clinical pharmacology knowledge with a comprehensive yet easy-to-use text

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Improving on perfection 3 May 2011
This edition of the 'classic' pharmacology book is significantly thinner than its predecessor (the 6th edition published in 2007). When compared with the 5th edition (the only edition I have), the number of diagrams haven't changed significantly, despite the amount of material that has been edited. The style of Rang and Dale has not changed, so any keen fans of their series definitely won't be disappointed. There are around 3 new chapters, and some subchapters have been edited from the previous edition so they are their own chapters in this edition. Many chapters have been updated and many out-of-date or redundant drugs have been eliminated from the chapters.

However, the diagrams have more or less stayed the same between the different editions. Although the basic concepts are all the same throughout the different editions of the book, it would be nice to see some refreshing of the diagrams. The layout of the pages are not as spacious as the 6th/5th edition, but I personally rather have a thinner book on my shelf. The online access to this book is just a simple ebook version with a handy image library (with all the different diagrams/tables) - which may help for some, but not particularly helpful for me.

This book has many tables and diagrams to help with grasping the major pharmacological concepts that can be easily missed in lectures/PBL. Every (sub)chapter has a short introduction to the topic, preventing you from needing to have two-three textbooks open at the same time for any topic. I highly recommend this book for reading and learning from. However, this book is quite detailed for revision or last-minute learning. I would recommend R+D's Pharmacology Condensed (or even their flash cards) for the latter purposes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Aerin
I have the same problem as one of the reviewers below: as a dental student experiencing a fast-paced and may I say insufficiently detailed "crash course" in pharmacology, I find this book to be of limited relevance. It's certainly more in-depth than my lecture notes, but coverage of molecular mechanisms of action seems slightly patchy and there is (understandably) a lack of information on clinical applications. I often find myself having to refer to other texts for the background physiology and discussions of ADME. It does cover the basic principles of pharmacology in very great detail in the initial sections, however, which may be useful for anyone needing to review cell biology etc.

All in all, it is neither concise nor definitive. This is probably one of those books it'd be good to flick through in the library, but not the bible you sleep with in your bed.

Plus points though for the writing style - it's provided me with a fair number of laughs on bad days.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Must have for anyone taking pharmacy! 25 Nov 2012
By Danny
As a pharmacy student this book has saved me many times! Had an open book assessment a few weeks ago and mostly used information found in this book and scored 80% not to mention the countless times I use it for essays and looking up the various mechanisms of action of drugs, it is definitely a must have! The only problem is the amount of information can take a while to sieve through so in a timed exam be sure to note the important parts the night before.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best there is 1 Aug 2014
This is the pharmacology bible for anyone studying medicine / medical sciences etc... It covers everything you will need to get you through these degrees, going into surprising amounts of detail. The layout and style are all very reader-friendly.

The only thing I would say is that it is not necessary to have the most up to date version - not that much changes and unless you are very focused on pharmacology, an older text is still fine. I am still using an old copy I bought second-hand at the beginning of my training, and have no issues.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pharmacology 24 Dec 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
very useful covers most of the topics for my course.
could have a clearer index which made it difficult to locate certain topics
otherwise no major grumbles
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 9 May 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
love it, it got me through 2nd year of pharmacology, love it love it, i recommend this to anyone whose studying pharmacology
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By M. Yung
[This book was actually recommended highly by one of the lecturers on my Medicine course.

I thought this would be pretty much the only book I would need to learn about the drugs encountered on the course. I was wrong.

Very often the book fails to give all the basic characteristics of the drugs being studied, such as Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism, Excretion, Side-effects and Contraindications, which means I end up spending a lot of time looking for these basic information elsewhere. Discussion of the pharmacokinetics of drugs (i.e. ADME above) is particularly lacking for many of the drugs.

On the other hand, it contains things that appear to be far too-detailed for an undergraduate medicine course, which might only be of interest for an academic degree in Pharmacology.

It might be an excellent book in itself, if only my Medicine course were to teach pharmacology in a way that follows closely the structure of the book. As things stand, it is not a practical reference tool at all for my course. Either there is something wrong with how my medical school is teaching pharmacology or this is just not the right textbook for busy medical students. I even know a course mate who simply resorts to learning about drugs through Wikipedia instead!} Original Review in 2013.

Addendum in June 2014:

Having nearly finished my first year, I have come to like this book. So I would now like to give it 4 stars instead of 2. I have come to realise that you don't need to learn ADME in detail for every single drug you encounter, not in your first year in medical school at least. The book contains a lot of information that helps consolidate knowledge in other areas, such as physiology.
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Really in depth book! If you're studying biomedical science, biological sciences or any other medically related course it is way more complex than you will ever need, definitely... Read more
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