Authors : F S K Barar
This comprehensive and well-written book presents the fundamental concepts of Pharmacotherapeutics, aiming at the safe and effective use of drugs in the treatment of disease. It is interdisciplinary in its approach and provides a basis for understanding the actions and uses of drugs in man. It is written in a simple and easy-to-understand language.
The text is divided into sixteen chapters. Each chapter begins with a chapter outline giving the major contents for convenience of reference. The topics are introduced in a simple manner including some relevant background information. Main emphasis has been laid on detailed information about "prototype" substances in the group. Drugs of lesser importance are briefed later in the text. Background knowledge from physiology, biochemistry and medicine related to the drug action under discussion is proveded in each chapter. Each chapter ends with a section on "suggested reading", which provides references for a better comprehension of the text.
The text is supported by a number of diagrams and tables. The book also includes four appendices on weights and measures, prescription writing and drug compendia, historical landmarks and references for general reading. At the end, an index is also provided for rapid consultation and revision.
The book will cater to the needs of the graduate students of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Nursing. It will also be useful to the medical practitioner and the specialist to attain professional competence.