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Medical Pharmacology at a Glance
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Preface, 7 Acknowledgements, 7 How to use this book, 7 Further reading, 7 1 Introduction: principles of drug action, 8 2 Drug-receptor interactions, 10 3 Drug absorption, distribution and excretion, 12 4 Drug metabolism, 14 5 Local anaesthetics, 16 6 Drugs acting at the neuromuscular junction, 18 7 Autonomic nervous system, 20 8 Autonomic drugs acting at cholinergic synapses, 22 9 Drugs acting on the sympathetic system, 24 10 Ocular pharmacology, 26 11 Asthma, hay fever and anaphylaxis, 28 12 Drugs acting on the gastrointestinal tract I: peptic ulcer, 30 13 Drugs acting on the gastrointestinal tract II: motility and secretions, 32 14 Drugs acting on the kidney: diuretics, 34 15 Drugs used in hypertension, 36 16 Drugs used in angina, 38 17 Antiarrhythmic drugs, 40 18 Drugs used in heart failure, 42 19 Drugs used to affect blood coagulation, 44 20 Lipid-lowering drugs, 46 21 Agents used in anaemias, 48 22 Central transmitter substances, 50 23 General anaesthetics, 52 24 Anxiolytics and hypnotics, 54 25 Antiepileptic drugs, 56 26 Drugs used in Parkinson's disease, 58 27 Antipsychotic drugs (neuroleptics), 60 28 Drugs used in affective disorders: antidepressants, 62 29 Opioid analgesics, 64 30 Drugs used in nausea and vertigo (antiemetics), 66 31 Drug misuse and dependence, 68 32 Non-steroidal anti-infl ammatory drugs (NSAIDs), 70 33 Corticosteroids, 72 34 Sex hormones and drugs, 74 35 Thyroid and antithyroid drugs, 76 36 Antidiabetic agents, 78 37 Antibacterial drugs that inhibit nucleic acid synthesis: sulphonamides, trimethoprim, quinolones and nitroimidazoles, 80 38 Antibacterial drugs that inhibit cell wall synthesis: penicillins, cephalosporins and vancomycin, 82 39 Antibacterial drugs that inhibit protein synthesis: aminoglycosides, tetracyclines, macrolides and chloramphenicol, 84 40 Antifungal drugs, 86 41 Antiviral drugs, 88 42 Drugs acting on parasites I: helminths (worms), 90 43 Drugs acting on parasites II: protozoa, 92 44 Drugs used in cancer, 94 45 Immunosuppressants and antirheumatoid drugs, 96 46 Poisoning, 98 47 Adverse drug reactions, 100 Case studies and questions, 102 Answers, 104 Index, 108

About the Author

Michael J. Neal is Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology, King's College London

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Although the book is intended for medical students, anystudents in health-related disciplines who must master pharmacologycontent may find this book helpful The approach usedin this series will be appreciated by visual learners. (Doody's, 3 August 2012) This pocket size aide-memoire is a clear and concise readfor mentors and all those involved in mentoring. (Nursing Standard, 5 September 2012)

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