Medical Pharmacology at a Glance – widely recognised as the best starting point for pharmacology study
Medical Pharmacology at a Glance is written primarily for medical students but it should also be useful to students and scientists in other disciplines who would like an elementary and concise introduction to pharmacology.
In this book the text has been reduced to a minimum for understanding the figures. Nevertheless, I have attempted in each chapter to explain how the drugs produce their effects and to outline their uses. In this seventh edition the chapters have been updated and a new chapter on immunosuppressants has been added.
How to use Medical Pharmacology at a Glance
Each of the chapters (listed on page 5) represents a particular topic, corresponding roughly to a 60-minute lecture. Beginners in pharmacology should start at Chapter 1 and first read through the text on the left-hand pages (which occasionally continues to the facing right-hand page above the ruled line) of several chapters, using the figures only as a guide.
Once the general outline has been grasped, it is probably better to concentrate on the figures one at a time. Some are quite complicated and certainly cannot be taken in ‘at a glance’. Each should be studied carefully and worked through together with the legends (righthand pages). Because many drugs appear in more than one chapter, considerable cross-referencing has been provided. As progress is made through the book, use of this cross-referencing will provide valuable reinforcement and a greater understanding of drug action. Once the information has been understood, the figures should subsequently require little more than a brief look to refresh the memory.