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Pharmacology Condensed

With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access

Pharmacology Condensed, 2nd Edition is a companion volume to Rang et al's Pharmacology, sets out to provide the reader with the quintessence of pharmacology, delineating, in text and summary diagrams, the key points of the information which will be needed later in professional life. It will help reinforce the facts and concepts in pharmacology that are essential in appreciating how drugs work and their underlying pathophysiological processes. Each of the 49 short chapters adopts a standard approach and the book includes many illustrations specially designed to summarise textual material. Within each chapter, several drugs may be mentioned but only the most important drugs from each group are set out in bold type. Readers using this book will gain a fuller understanding of the essential aspects of pharmacology. It will also be of considerable help in preparing for examinations. This book is best used with Rang Pharmacology but can also be used in conjunction with another pharmacology textbook.

Paperback, 132 Pages

Published: December 2008

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-443-06773-0


  • 1 General Principles of drug action

    2 Molecular aspects of drug action

    3 Excitable tissues and secretory mechanisms

    4 Cell proliferation and apoptosis

    5 Measurement of drug action

    6 Absorption and distribution of drugs

    7 Drug metabolism and excretion

    8 Pharmacokinetic aspects of drug action

    9 The autonomic nervous system

    10 Cholinergic transmission

    11 Noradrenergic transmission

    12 Other peripheral mediators: 5-hydroxytryptamine and purines

    13 Other peripheral mediators: peptides and proteins

    14 Other peripheral mediators: nitric oxide

    15 Cannabinoids

    16 Inflammation & anti-inflammatory drugs

    17 Immune responses and immunosuppressant drugs

    18 Cardiac rhythm and dysrhythmias

    19 Blood pressure and hypertension

    20 Cardiac blood flow, angina and myocardial infarction

    21 Cardiac output and cardiac failure

    22 Atheromatous disease and lipoprotein metabolism

    23 Haemostasis and thrombosis

    24 The haemopoietic system

    25 Respiration, asthma and COPD

    26 The kidney

    27 The gastrointestinal tract

    28 Blood sugar and diabetes

    29 The anterior pituitary and the adrenal cortex

    30 The thyroid

    31 Bone metabolism

    32 The reproductive system

    33 Outline of transmission and drug action in the CNS

    34 Aminoacid transmitters in the CNS

    35 Other CNS transmitters

    36 Neurodegenerative disorders

    37 General anaesthetics

    38 Anxiolytic and hypnotic drugs

    39 Antipsychotic drugs

    40 Drugs used in affective disorders

    41 Antiepileptic drugs

    42 Analgesic drugs and the control of pain

    43 CNS stimulants and psychotomimetics

    44 Local anaesthetics

    45 Drug dependence and drug abuse

    46 Cancer biology and chemotherapy

    47 Antibacterial agents

    48 Antiviral drugs

    49 Antiprotozoal drugs

    50 Antifungal and anthelminthic drugs

    Appendix 1: The Schild plot and pA2

    Appendix 2: The postulated action of NSAIDs on the enzymes Cyclooxygenase-1 and Cyclooxygenasox-2

    Appendix 3: The pathogenesis of rheumatoid joint damage and the action of anti-rheumatoid drugs



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