Pharmacology for Health Professionals 5th Edition

Pharmacology for Health Professionals, fifth edition, introduces essential pharmacology principles and concepts required to understand the therapeutic effects and clinical uses of current drugs and medicines.

Written for allied health sciences and nursing students and underpinned by current evidence-based medicine, this substantially updated edition continues to cover topics vital to a holistic understanding of pharmacology. These topics include historical, legal and ethical considerations, pharmacokinetics, and the therapeutic applications and adverse effects of current Australian and New Zealand drugs.

Key Features 

  • Drug Monographs, Clinical Interest Boxes, Drug Interactions tables, and lists of key terms and abbreviations throughout the text help readers to master difficult concepts

  • Icons highlight discipline-specific content with additional resources available on evolve

  • Anatomy and physiology integrated throughout

  • Contemporary figures, tables and illustrations help readers to understand the mechanisms of drug action

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Product Description
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Instructor resources:

  • Test bank
  • Solutions to end-of-chapter review questions
  • Image collection
  • Comparative 4e vs 4e table of contents

Student resources:

  • Animations, including drug interactions
  • Additional Clinical Interest Boxes
  • Student quizzes
  • Discipline-specific resources:
    • Nursing
    • Midwifery
    • Paramedic science
  • Weblinks

New to this Edition 
  • All content revised and updated with more succinct chapters reduced by approximately 15%
  • A suite of animations support readers' understanding of common drug interactions
  • Key Points boxes provide a snapshot of important information to reinforce readers' learning
  • Updated drug names to align with international harmonisation of medicines information and recommendations by the Therapeutic Goods Administration
  • National and international guidelines are referenced
  • Expanded 'Mechanism of Action' for some drugs and drug classes
  • Update of therapeutic areas with new drug classes, e.g. cancer chemotherapy, antivirals and cardiac drugs
  • New information on clinically relevant drug interactions
  • Now includes an eBook with all print purchases

Table of Contents

Unit 1: Introduction to Pharmacology

Chapter 1: Drugs and medicines

Chapter 2: Legal, clinical and ethical foundations of pharmacotherapy

Chapter 3: Over-the-counter drugs and complementary therapies


Unit 2: Principles of Pharmacology

Chapter 4: Molecular drug targets and pharmacodynamics

Chapter 5: Drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion

Chapter 6: Pharmacogenetics and individualised drug therapy

Chapter 7: Pharmacokinetics and dosing regimen

Chapter 8: Adverse drug reactions and drug interactions


Unit 3: Drugs Affecting the Peripheral Nervous System

Chapter 9: Overview of the autonomic and somatic nervous systems: drugs affecting cholinergic transmission

Chapter 10: Overview of the sympathetic nervous system and drugs affecting noradrenergic transmission


Unit 4: Drugs Affecting the Central Nervous System

Chapter 11: Central nervous system overview and anaesthetics

Chapter 12: Analgesics

Chapter 13: Antianxiety, sedative and hypnotic drugs

Chapter 14: Antiepileptic drugs

Chapter 15: Psychotropic agents

Chapter 16: Central nervous system stimulants

Chapter 17: Drugs for neurodegenerative disorders and headache

Chapter 18: Drugs affecting the eye and ear

Chapter 19: Drug dependence and social pharmacology


Unit 5: Drugs Affecting the Heart and Vascular System

Chapter 20: Drugs affecting cardiac function

Chapter 21: Drugs affecting vascular smooth muscle

Chapter 22: Lipid-lowering drugs

Chapter 23: Drugs affecting the kidney and bladder


Unit 6: Drugs Affecting the Urinary System

Chapter 23: Drugs affecting the kidney and bladder


Unit 7: Drugs Affecting the Blood

Chapter 24: Drugs affecting thrombosis and haemostasis

Chapter 25: Drugs affecting the haemopoietic system


Unit 8: Drugs Affecting the Respiratory System

Chapter 26: Drugs used in respiratory disorders


Unit 9: Drugs Affecting the Gastrointestinal System

Chapter 27: Drugs affecting the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract


Unit 10: Drugs Affecting the Endocrine System

Chapter 28: The neuroendocrine system and pituitary gland

Chapter 29: Pharmacology of the adrenal cortex

Chapter 30: Pharmacology of the endocrine pancreas

Chapter 31: Pharmacology of the thyroid glands and parathyroid glands


Unit 11: Drugs Affecting the Reproductive System

Chapter 32: Drugs affecting the female reproductive system

Chapter 33: Drugs affecting the male reproductive system


Unit 12: Drugs Used in Neoplastic Diseases

Chapter 34: Overview of the treatment of cancer

Chapter 35: Antineoplastic drugs


Unit 13: Drugs Affecting Microorganisms

Chapter 36: Overview of antimicrobial chemotherapy and antibiotic resistance

Chapter 37: Antibacterial drugs

Chapter 38: Antifungal and antiviral drugs

Chapter 39: Antiprotozoal, antimycobacterial and anthelmintic drugs


Unit 14: Drugs Affecting Body Defences

Chapter 40: Antiinflammatory and immunomodulating drugs

Chapter 41: Drugs affecting the skin


Unit 15: Special Topics

Chapter 42: Drugs in sport

Chapter 43: Pharmacotherapy of obesity

Chapter 44: Envenomation and antivenoms

Additional Information
Additional Information
ISBN-13 9780729542753
Author/s Bronwen Bryant, Kathleen Knights, Andrew Rowland, Shaunagh Darroch
Edition Fifth
Publisher Elsevier Mosby
CD Included No

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