This sixth edition of the pocket companion to Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, sixth edition, is designed to provide practitioners and students with critical information that can be easily used to guide drug therapy decision making in the clinical setting. To ensure brevity and portability, the bulleted format provides the user with essential textual information, key tables and figures, and treatment algorithms. For the first time, the sixth edition is available in both print and PDA.
Corresponding to the major sections in the main text, disorders are alphabetized within the following sections, which appear as a tabbing guide on the back of the book: Bone and Joint Disorders; Cardiovascular Disorders; Dermatologic Disorders; Endocrinologic Disorders; Gastrointestinal Disorders; Gynecologic and Obstetric Disorders; Hematologic Disorders; Infectious Diseases; Neurologic Disorders; Nutritional Disorders; Oncologic Disorders; Ophthalmic Disorders; Psychiatric Disorders; Renal Disorders; Respiratory Disorders; and Urologic Disorders. Drug-induced conditions associated with allergic and pseudoallergic reactions, hematologic disorders, liver disease, pulmonary disorders, and renal disease appear in six tabular appendices. In the sixth edition, a chapter has been added on skin disorders and cutaneous drug eruptions.
Carrying over a popular feature from Pharmacotherapy, each chapter is organized in a consistent format:
Disease state definition
Concise review of relevant pathophysiology
The treatment section may include nonpharmacologic therapy, drug selection guidelines, dosing recommendations, adverse effects, pharmacokinetic considerations, and important drug-drug interactions. When more in-depth information is required, the reader is encouraged to refer to the primary text, Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, sixth edition.
It is our sincere hope that students and practitioners find this book helpful as they continuously strive to deliver the highest quality care to patients. We invite your comments on how we may improve subsequent editions of this work.
Barbara G. Wells
Joseph T. DiPiro
Terry L. Schwinghammer
Cindy W. Hamilton