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By Peter Lewis MA, MD, PhD, MRCP (auth.)

This ebook is set medications and the way they're utilized in the deal with­ ment of disorder. the improvement of potent medicinal drugs is without doubt one of the wonders of our century. it really is tricky to think that so few of the medicinal drugs we now use typically have been on hand whilst our grandparents have been little ones. The final 50 years has noticeable an fantastic burst of dis­ coveries - antibiotics, antihypertensives, antiarrhythmics, psycho­ tropics, anticonvulsants, steroids and so forth. in fact this velocity of develop has introduced difficulties. glossy medicines are extra strong than the treatments they changed, so it takes extra ability and data to exploit them adequately. Therapeutics has needed to develop into extra disciplined and now is based seriously on medical pharma­ cology, that's the technology of gear in guy. The culture of this sequence of books has been to respond to the questions an clever individual may ask a couple of specific topic. traditional texts on pharmacology can appear fairly uninteresting catalogues of gear. in fact it is very important determine a drug, however it turns out of larger significance to understand how medications paintings, how they're selected for specific sufferers, what difficulties they produce and why. during this ebook the Socratic query and solution layout has been intentionally selected to deliver out this type of information.

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