Essentials of Drug Therapy
Gordon E. Johnson, PHD W.B. Sounders Company, 55 Homer Ave, Toronto, ON M8Z 4X6, 1991, 425 pp
Essentials of Drug Therapy is a clearly written book, summarizing information on drugs that are commonly used. It is not a reference text in pharmacology or an exhaustive detailed volume, such as the Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties, but is a practical source of information for the medical student and practitioner.
The chapters are organized according to therapeutic categories and are introduced by a brief overview of the therapeutic rationale for use of pharmacologie agents. Most drug groups are included, even those used for symptomatic relief, such as antitussives and analgesics. It is somewhat surprising that laxatives are not included, but these have never been an attractive group of drugs for pharmacologists.
The text is clear and succinct. Paragraph headings facilitate rapid access to information, with paragraphs on mechanism of action and pharmacological effects, therapeutic uses, adverse effects, drug interactions, and doses.
The book should be a useful volume for the busy practitioner and the medical student.