Rang & Dale

Rang & Dale's Pharmacology

With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access

A straightforward way to master a complex subject! This bestselling textbook presents all the knowledge you need to get through your pharmacology course and beyond—using a clear and accessible approach that makes the material easy and interesting to learn. Progressing logically from a molecular understanding of receptors and drug actions to the clinical uses of the most important groups of drugs, it delivers the latest information on cannabinoids and rimonabant, Cox 2 inhibitors, pharmacogenetics, biopharmaceuticals, and drug abuse—as well as "lifestyle drugs" such as performance-enhancing substances, botulinum toxin, and Viagra®. And now, online access via STUDENT CONSULT makes it an even more effective learning resource!

Medical and Undergraduate students studying Pharmacology, Pharmacy students


Published: January 2007

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-7020-4074-0


  • Section 1. General Principles

    1. What is pharmacology?

    2. How drugs act: general principles

    3. How drugs act: molecular aspects

    4. Cellular mechanisms: excitation, contraction and secretion

    5. Cellular mechanisms: cell proliferation and apoptosis

    6. Method and measurement in pharmacology

    7. Absorption and distribution of drugs

    8. Drug elimination and pharmacokinetics

    Section 2. Chemical Mediators

    9. Chemical mediators and the autonomic nervous system

    10. Cholinergic transmission

    11. Noradrenergic transmission

    12. Other peripheral mediators: 5-hydroxytryptamine and purines

    13. Peptides and proteins as mediators

    14. Nitric oxide

    15. Local hormones, inflammation and immune reactions

    16. Anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressant drugs

    Section 3. Drugs Affecting Major Organ Systems

    17. The heart

    18. The vascular system

    19. Atherosclerosis and lipoprotein metabolism

    20. Haemostasis and thrombosis

    21. The heamopoietic system

    22. The respiratory system

    23. The kidney

    24. The gastrointestinal tract

    25. The endocrine pancreas and the control of blood glucose

    26. Obesity

    27. The pituitary and adrenal cortex

    28. The thyroid

    29. The reproductive system

    30. Bone metabolism

    Section 4. The Nervous System

    31. Chemical transmission and drug action in the central nervous system

    32. Amino acid transmitters

    33. Other transmitters and modulators

    34. Neurodegenerative disorders

    35. General anaesthetic agents

    36. Anxiolytic and hypnotic drugs

    37. Antipsychotic drugs

    38. Drugs used in affective disorders

    39. Antiepileptic drugs

    40. Analgesic drugs

    41. CNS stimulants and psychotomimetic drugs

    42. Drug dependence and drug abuse

    43. Local anaesthetics

    Section 5. Drugs Used in the Treatment of Infections and Cancer

    44. Basic principles of chemotherapy

    45. Antibacterial drugs

    46. Antiviral drugs

    48. Antiprotozoal drugs

    49. Anthelminthic drugs

    50. Cancer chemotherapy

    Section 6. Special Topics

    51. Individual variation and drug interaction

    52. Unwanted effects and drug toxicity

    53. Lifestyle and non-medical uses of drugs

    53. Gene therapy

    54. Drug discovery and development




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