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Medical Pharmacology at a Glance Paperback – 9 Apr 2009

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I will continue to strongly recommend this text to students whom I teach. ( Pharmaceutical Journal , November 2009) The book is valuable as a revision text for medical students and busy clinicians wishing to refresh knowledge. It will also appeal to students and scientists from other disciplines. ( Journal of Tropical Pediatrics , 2009)

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The at a Glance series is popular among medical students and junior doctors for its concise and simple approach and excellent illustrations.

Each bite–sized chapter is covered in a double–page spread with colour summary diagrams on the left page and explanatory text on the right. Covering a wide range of topics, books in the at a Glance series are ideal as introductory subject texts or for revision purposes, and are useful throughout medical school and beyond.
Everything you need to know about Medical Pharmacology...at a Glance!

Following the familiar, easy–to–use at a Glance format, and in full–colour, Medical Pharmacology at a Glance is an accessible introduction and revision text for medical students. Reflecting changes to the content and assessment methods used by medical schools, this at a Glance provides a user–friendly overview of medical pharmacology to encapsulate all that the student needs to know.

Medical Pharmacology at a Glance:

  • Addresses the key principles of medical pharmacology that are central to medicine
  • Contains full–colour artwork throughout, making the subject easy to understand
  • Presents schematic diagrams on the left page and concise explanations on the right
  • Contains 10 self–assessment cases
  • Explains the mechanisms involved in pharmacological processes and covers the mode of action and effects of drugs in clinical medicine
  • Discusses the mechanisms of action of each drug, indicating the therapeutics of choice for specific conditions
  • Covers basic principles of drug action; drug–receptor interactions; drug absorption, distribution and excretion; drug metabolism; how drugs act on specific body systems; and how drugs are used in a variety of common complaints
  • Includes the latest changes in pharmacology and the British Pharmacological Society Core Curriculum

This book is an invaluable resource for all medical students just starting their study of medical pharmacology and for those approaching finals, for pharmacology students, junior doctors and residents.

Review of previous editions

"...Any student wanting a concise and accurate overview of pharmacology could do no better than start with this book."
The Pharmaceutical Journal

"...There isn′t really another book out there which can complete with this title The "at a Glance" series has expanded rapidly over the last few years, and this book remains the best of the lot."
GKT Gazette

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This book is great because it has lots of illustrations, which aid with the learning process, so excellent for those last minute exams. This book is definately geared towards medical students, nurses and anyone in an allied health profession other than pharmacy. For students studying Pharmacy or Pharmacology this book is good enough for you to undersatnd the basics, but more in depth books would be required for you to gain the information needed to get those good answers in your degree. Great for understanding, but not comprehensive enough on it's own, for all students.
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A very helpful material to have on top of lecture notes. Though lacking details at places, it is sufficient for those seeking basic, factual knowledge rather than research. The double-page spreads are very easy to interpret and information is condensed. This book will be useful for all studying this subject, especially for those 1st or 2nd year medics panicking about what appears to be a daunting subject.
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When you have one semester to cover a pharmacology module, the lecturers throw out all these names of molecules involved in the autonomic nervous system...That's all fine, but when it comes to the exam,you REALLY need to know what's what...if you've forgotten all your Physiology principles, it doesn't help too much!
This book is PERFECT. Keeping everything neat and succinct, every topic is summarised with accurate, crisp schematic diagrams at the start of each chapter( which rarely extends beyond three pages anyhow ), covering the basics of most topics within this subject that you would need. It is THE ultimate revision crammer aid, thin and compact, so you can take it anywhere without weighing yourself down. Buy it now.....you won't regret it!
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I'm a pharmacy student, and even though the course goes into more detail than this book, this is essential for understanding the basics, and includes diagrams that you will be able to remember in exams. You may think that the price is a bit steep, considering it isn't that big, but I've bought other much more advanced texts (and a lot more expensive), but this is still the one I come back to every time. If you have to buy one book, let it be this one.
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An excellent revision book, very informative, contains all the important points and misses out the scientific jargon. Easy to undertand and learn from. Would reccomend to any pharmacology or medical student, as well as anybody else with a need to know about pharmacology. Even with an main stream textbook, this is an essensial.
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By A Customer on 28 Nov. 1999
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They might tell you that you need something else, but you don't! Pharmacology seems complicated, but if you get rid of all the irrelevant bits, then this is what you get. Just the facts, in English, without the decorative language, but with the illustrations to elaborate the relevant bits. Don't expect to write a thesis, but you will learn the minority core required.
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By J. Wilson on 30 July 2008
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Whilst obviously written as a revision aid for medical students, I found this an excellent resource for nurses such as myself who only dabble in pharmacology - I've used it frequently to look up mechanisms of action, which are presented in a clear and concise way which I've not seen in other books. Very handy when you want to quickly check out how a drug works without having to wade through pages of complicated chemistry!
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Bought one new some years ago but someone borrowed and didn't return it. Needed it again but unhappy about paying full price so went for this. A steal at 1/10 of the price of the new one and even in better condition than my old one would have been.
prompt delivery as well.
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