Pharmacology Condensed, 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 et al. but could also be used in conjunction with another pharmacology textbook.
Table of Contents
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. Pharmacokinetics 9. Autonomic nervous sytem 10. Cholinergic transmission: acetylcholine; modulation by receptors 11. Noradrenergic transmission: adrenoceptors 12. Other peripheral mediators:5-HT and purines 13. Other peripheral mediators: Peptides 14. Other peripheral mediators: Nitric oxide 15. Inflammation and anti-inflammatory drugs 16. Immune responses and immunosuppressant drugs 17. CVS: Cardiac rhythm and dysrhythmias 18. Blood flow, angina and myocardial infarction 19. CVS: Blood pressure control and hyptertension 20. Cardiac output and heart failure 21. Atherosclerosis and lipoprotein metabolism 22. Haemostasis and thrombosis 23. The haemopoietic system 24. Respiration and asthma 25. The kidney 26. The gastrointestinal tract 27. Blood sugar and diabetes 28. The adrenal cortex 29. The thyroid 30. The reproductive system 31. Bone metabolism 32. CNS: Amino acid transmitters 33. Other CNS transmitters 34. Neurodegenerative disorders 35. General anaesthetics 36. Anxiolytics and hypnotics 37. Antipsychotic drugs 38. Antidepressants 39. Antiepileptic drugs 40. Analgesic drugs and the control of pain 41. CNS stimulants and psychomimetic drugs 42. Summary of chemical transmission in the CNS 43. Local anaesthetics 44. Drug dependence and drug abuse 45. Antibacterial drugs 46. Antifungal drugs and anthelminthic drugs 47. Antiviral drugs 48. Antiprotozoal drugs 49. Cancer chemotherapy