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Principles of Medical Pharmacology, 7th Edition

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Principles of Medical Pharmacology covers all aspects of medical pharmacology, making it the ideal text for students in pharmacology courses in medicine, biological sciences, pharmacy, and dentistry.

The book provides a solid foundation of the principles of pharmacology. Principles are explained through the use of practical examples and case studies. The text covers all aspects of medical pharmacology, including a comprehensive discussion of the clinically important features of pharmacokinetics.

This new Seventh Edition has been completely revised and updated to reflect the latest research in the field. Most chapters have been extensively rewritten, with many new authors involved in the preparation of this edition.

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New to This Edition



    • More chapters written by clinician-investigators, with increased clinical information on factors determining choice and use of drugs


    • Thoroughly updated information throughout to reflect the latest published research in the field


    • New chapters on drugs used in dermatology; herbal remedies and dietary supplements; and clinical pharmacological principles in the pharmacotherapy of hypertension


    • Completely revised content dealing with pharmacogenetics and pharmacogenomics; cardiovascular system overview; digitalis glycosides and other positive inotropic agents; drugs and the respiratory system; diuretics; drugs affecting hemostasis; drugs affecting erythropoiesis; pharmacotherapy of acid-peptic disorders; drugs used in treatment of intestinal motility disorders; drugs, alcohol and the liver; antiseptics, and disinfectants and sterilization; and poisonings and antidotal therapy


    • New content on drug transporters and their role in drug resistance; antispasticity drugs; new drugs for Parkinson's, and their adverse effects; COX-2 inhibitors; rennin inhibitors; antibiotic-resistant organisms; new antiviral drugs; infectious disease control in hospitals; and molecular biological targets for anticancer medications


    • Comprehensive discussion of the clinically important features of pharmacokinetics


    • Expanded use of case histories to demonstrate the clinical relevance of basic pharmacology


    • Enlarged Suggested Readings lists at the end of each chapter, with the addition of important electronic reference resources and online databases


Author Information

    By Harold Kalant, MD, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto; Denis Grant, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto; and Jane Mitchell, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

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Principles of Medical Pharmacology, 7th Edition
  • Paperback
  • 1040 Pages
  • Trim Size: 8 1/2 X 10 7/8 in
  • Imprint: Saunders Canada
  • ISBN: 978-0-7796-9945-2
  • Copyright: 2007