Netters Illustrated Pharmacology allows you to take a distinct visual approach to understanding both the basic science and clinical applications of pharmacology
Nothing enhances the efficient learning of scientific material more than good artwork. Personal teaching experience has shown us the power of visual learning in the classroom and the positive effect it has on students. A well-done, accurate, and eye-catching illustration captures one’s attention and stimulates one’s imagination. Visualization of a concept enhances and solidifies one’s understanding and internalization of it, and a good illustration becomes the template upon which future learning can be superimposed. We were thus excited when we were approached with the idea of publishing a visual pharmacology book. That is the intent of this Netters Illustrated Pharmacology —to provide high-quality illustrative aids that will enhance the learning of the basic principles of pharmacology and present them in a manner that is both scientifically rigorous and enjoyable. It is designed for the visual learner in all of us.
But can there be illustrations of pharmacology? Isn’t the study of pharmacology the memorization of innumerable drugs, their trade names, their doses, and other nonvisual material? Hardly. Just as all other basic sciences have their practical side, pharmacology has its application in the use of drugs for treatment of diseases and disorders. But in the past couple of years, there has been a virtual explosion in understanding of the biologic features and events that underlie the therapeutic action of a drug. It is now possible, with the creative input and insight of an artist’s eye, to visualize the anatomical, physiologic, biochemical, and molecular underpinnings of pharmacology. This exciting new aspect of pharmacology is the focus of this Netters Illustrated Pharmacology.
We believe that this is the first book to place such emphasis on artwork for the explanation of pharmacologic principles. There is, of course, no better starting point for this task than the renowned work of physician-artist Frank H. Netter, MD, whose illustrations have educated generations of students. Having access to the Netter collection of illustrations was a rare opportunity to approach the subject of pharmacology visually. To provide illustrations of more recently discovered concepts, we called upon James A. Perkins, MS, MFA, and other talented artists to create dynamic new illustrations of the detailed molecular events that underlie drug action. The translation by these artists of recent complex research findings into clear, precise, and engaging artwork was a pleasure to observe and is a highlight of this book.
Three authors with different but complementary backgrounds and expertise jointly wrote this Netters Illustrated Pharmacology. Our collaboration was intended to provide the most authoritative and broadest possible coverage of both the basic science and the clinical applications of pharmacology.
We have written this Netters Illustrated Pharmacology with medical, pharmacy, dental, nursing, and other professional students in mind, hoping that it will serve as a valuable adjunct to their more comprehensive textbooks. Each of us has found the illustrations to be useful in our own learning or teaching of the material. However, Netters Illustrated Pharmacology was also designed to be a stand-alone, discussing pharmacologic principles in a manner that allows a great deal of material to be covered in a concise fashion. It is thus also appropriate for use in an introductory course for undergraduate students or even for the interested general reader. We sincerely hope that all find the book useful and the presentation enjoyable.