Cookie policy: This site uses cookies (small files stored on your computer) to simplify and improve your experience of this website. Cookies are small text files stored on the device you are using to access this website. For more information please take a look at our terms and conditions. Some parts of the site may not work properly if you choose not to accept cookies.

Join

Subscribe or Register

Existing user? Login

Book review

How drugs work: basic pharmacology for healthcare professionals

Concise information and good value for money

How drugs work: basic pharmacology for healthcare professionals’ 3rd edition, by Hugh McGavock. Pp ix+193 Price £24.99. Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing; 2013. ISBN 978 1 84619 478 8

How drugs work: basic pharmacology for healthcare professionals’ 3rd edition, by Hugh McGavock. Pp ix+193 Price £24.99. Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing; 2013. ISBN 978 1 84619 478 8

This third edition is a concise handbook of pharmacology, covering background knowledge and know-how of drug action in the human body. The first 10 chapters introduce the pharmacokinetic aspects of drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion (chapters 1 to 5), followed by an outline of the different targets for a drug’s pharmacological activity (chapter 9), elaborating on the role and types of receptors (chapters 6 & 7), binding to enzymes (chapter 8) and drug effect on calcium ion channels (chapter 10). Chapters 11 to 21 focus on the mode of pharmacological activity of drugs acting on the central nervous system. Chapters 22 to 28 cover topics of current importance, including prescribing for the elderly, patient compliance, and the rationale for and prevention of adverse drug reactions.

Pharmacists and other healthcare professionals could find the book to be a valuable reference tool in their daily practice, especially as an adjunct to the British National Formulary. Indeed, there are several referrals to the BNF throughout the book. The author is highlighting the importance of informed prescribing and the necessity to avoid prescribing errors by acquiring a better understanding of drug action.

The main strength of the book is that the text is supported well by schematic diagrams, illustrations and summary tables. The outline of key points and further reading sources at the end of each chapter render the book student-friendly. It is a value-for-money introductory textbook in pharmacology for pharmacy and other healthcare students.

How drugs work: basic pharmacology for healthcare professionals’ 3rd edition, by Hugh McGavock. Pp ix+193 Price £24.99. Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing; 2013. ISBN 978 1 84619 478 8

 

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2014.11137502

Have your say

For commenting, please login or register as a user and agree to our Community Guidelines. You will be re-directed back to this page where you will have the ability to comment.

Recommended from Pharmaceutical Press

  • BNF and BNF for Children

    BNF and BNF for Children

    Now available as a 1 year print subscription to both the BNF and BNFC, ensuring you have the latest medicines information as it publishes and at a greatly reduced price.

    £138.50Buy now
  • BNF and BNF for Children

    BNF and BNF for Children

    Now available as a 2 year print subscription to both the BNF and BNFC, ensuring you have the latest medicines information as it publishes and at a greatly reduced price.

    £262.50Buy now
  • Pharmaceutical Statistics

    Pharmaceutical Statistics

    This book on basic statistics has been specifically written for pharmacy students.

    £33.00Buy now
  • Patient Care in Community Practice

    Patient Care in Community Practice

    Patient Care in Community Practice is a unique, practical guide for healthcare professionals or carers. Covers a range of non-medicinal products suitable for use at home.

    £22.00Buy now
  • Essentials of Economic Evaluation in Healthcare

    Essentials of Economic Evaluation in Healthcare

    An introduction to economic evaluation specific to healthcare, for those with little or no knowledge of economics. Covers cost effectiveness, cost utility and cost benefit analysis.

    £33.00Buy now

Search an extensive range of the world’s most trusted resources

Powered by MedicinesComplete
  • Print
  • Share
  • Comment
  • Save
  • Print Friendly Version of this pagePrint Get a PDF version of this webpagePDF

Similar topics

Newsletter Sign-up

Want to keep up with the latest news, comment and CPD articles in pharmacy and science? Subscribe to our free alerts.