Monday, August 5, 2013

Lippincott's Illustrated Reviews: Pharmacology 5th Edition

Lippincott's Illustrated Reviews: Pharmacology 5th Edition by Richard A. Harvey, Michelle A Clark, Richard Finkel and Jose A. Rey enables rapid review and assimilation of complex information and focuses on the essentials of medical pharmacology. Clear, sequential pictures present mechanisms of action and actually show, rather than tell, students how drugs work.

This book features a signature outline format with more than 500 full-color illustrations and cross-references to other volumes in this bestselling, student-oriented series. All chapters completely revised and updated with the latest in pharmacologic theory and therapies. New and expanded material on steroid hormones, poisons, drugs for obesity, osteoporosis, erectile dysfunction, anti-inflammatory drugs, and autacoids.

Innovative Concept Maps, a tool for visualizing the connections between concepts. Material is represented in a hierarchical fashion with the most general concepts at the top of the map and the more specific, less general concepts arranged beneath. End of Chapter Summaries of the most important/clinically significant testable information on the USMLE Step 1 Examination.

Students who are preparing for standard courses or examinations (USMLE, COMLEX) will find this remarkable book "must read" material to master pharmacology essentials. This book is designed to facilitate the learning of pharmacology using over 500 excellent full-color illustrations integrated with high-yield text information on drugs. The authors have done a marvelous job of creating illustrations that students will find very helpful for the mastery of pharmacology for course and board certification exams.

All who need to study pharmacology will find this book very valuable if they learn best with visuals. It is appropriate for students in nursing, pharmacy, allied health professions and medicine educational programs. This book covers all areas of pharmacology that are typically covered in a discipline-based course or an integrated curriculum. By far the strength of this book is the over 500 full-color illustrations.

Other features include access to a fully searchable online version with an image bank that faculty can use for preparing lectures. There are also very appropriately selected 125 national board-like review questions with appropriate explanations; however, the writing style of some of the questions still could be improved.

This book also contains cross references within the book and to other titles in the series that will be extremely useful for students who learn their pharmacology in an integrated curriculum. Many students love this illustrated review book on pharmacology, whereas teachers are often less excited about it. This edition is by far the best and I highly recommend it for students who are visual learners. Today's students have many excellent resources available to facilitate their mastery of pharmacology. They must select those that best fit their learning style.

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