Understanding Pharmacology for Health Professionals

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-03-23
  • Publisher: Pearson
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The purpose of this book is to provide a framework of knowledge to help you (whether you are a student or a health professional) to do the following:

  1. Recognize drug categories and generic and trade name drugs
  2. Understand therapeutic drug actions and the rationale for using drugs to treat disease
  3. Understand why side effects, allergic effects, and other effects of drugs occur
  4. Discern between sound-alike drugs
  5. Explore clinical applications and current healthcare issues relating to pharmacology and drugs.

By providing this foundation of knowledge, Understanding Pharmacology for Health Professionals will help health professionalsí deal with drugs currently on the market and also with the myriad of new drugs that are approved each year.

Author Biography

Susan Turley


As an educator, she has taught college and community college courses in medical terminology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and medical transcription. She has presented numerous staff inservices in acute care, managed care, and long-term care settings, and co-presented numerous all-day seminars for instructors throughout the country.

  She is the author of Medical Language (Prentice Hall, 2007) and co-author of Medical Language STAT! (Prentice Hall, 2009), as well as numerous medical and educational articles for national journals. She is also the co-author of two funded national healthcare grants, and co-author (with physicians) of a peer-reviewed physician journal article and chapters in two reference textbooks for physicians.


She has a Master of Arts degree in adult education, a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, and national certification in the fields of both health information management and medical transcription.


Her writing is well-known for its clarity in presenting technically difficult material and for a special blend of in-depth coverage that includes humor and interesting anecdotes to stimulate learning and keep interest high.

Table of Contents

Pharmacology: Understanding the Past History, Present Uses, and Future of Drugs
Introduction to Pharmacology and the History of Drugs
Drug Design, Testing, Manufacturing, and Marketing
Drug Forms and Routes of Administration
Steps in the Drug Cycle
Using Drugs Therapeutically
The Prescription
Pharmacology: Understanding Drugs by Body System Categories
Urinary Drugs
Gastrointestinal Drugs
Musculoskeletal Drugs
Pulmonary Drugs
Cardiovascular Drugs
Hematologic Drugs
Gynecologic/Obstetric Drugs
Endocrine Drugs
Neurologic Drugs
Psychiatric Drugs
Dermatologic Drugs
Ophthalmic Drugs
Ears, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Drugs
Pharmacology: Understanding Other Drug Categories
Anti-Infective Drugs
Chemotherapy Drugs
Analgesic Drugs
Anesthetic Drugs
Emergency Drugs, Intravenous Fluids, and Blood Products
25 Most Commonly Prescribed Drugs
New Drugs Approved by the FDA
Common Drugs No Longer on the Market
Sound-Alike Drug Names
Glossary of Key Words with Definitions
Glossary of Abbreviations and Symbols with Definitions
Drug References
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Easy to understand and very informative August 2, 2011
This textbook is so comprehensive. I can't begin to tell you what a valuable tool this is. For example, for heart medications, it breaks them down into actions such as anti-coagulation drugs, antiarrhymics, vasodilators, etc. I recommend this textbook for anyone in the medical field who wants to know more about medications. Good product, arrived ahead of schedule, and in new condition as advertised by seller. Overall I experience no problems.
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