Fundamentals of Pharmacology
An Applied Approach for Nursing & Health
2nd edition

By Alan Galbraith, et al.
September 2007
Pearson Education
Distributed By Trans-Atlantic Publication
ISBN: 9780131869011
976 pages, 8 1/4 x 10 7/8"
$99.50 paper original

Your comprehensive and current introduction to the fascinating field of Pharmacology, applied to Nursing and Health!  Now fully updated in line with changes in clinical practice, new drugs and research developments.

This clear and readable text will guide you through how drugs act within the body coupled with their clinical application.  Sections covering social, legal and professional issues are included alongside the scientific principles of pharmacology.  Drug groups are considered according to their pharmacological effects, their action on physiological processes and the conditions they are used to treat.


Brief contents
List of figures
List of tables

Section I Pharmacology within the social context
            Chapter 1 An historical perspective
            Chapter 2  Socio-cultural aspects

Section II Pharmacology within the professional context
            Chapter 3 Drug administration and the law
            Chapter 4 Ethical issues
            Chapter 5 The roles and responsibilities of nurses
            Chapter 6 The roles and responsibilities of other health-care professionals

Section III Drug administration and professional responsibilities
            Chapter 7 Drug formulations, storage and routes of administration
            Chapter 8 The clinical decision-making process
            Chapter 9 Drug administration strategies and documentation
            Chapter 10 Medication errors
            Chapter 11 Management of common adverse drug reactions

Section IV General aspects of pharmacology
            Chapter 12 Drug nomenclature
            Chapter 13 Pharmacokinetics: absorption and distribution
            Chapter 14 Pharmacokinetics: metabolism and excretion
            Chapter 15 Drug interactions
            Chapter 16 Pharmacodynamics
            Chapter 17 Drug development, evaluation and safety
            Chapter 18 Pharmacogenetics
            Chapter 19 Pharmacokinetic factors that modify drug action
            Chapter 20 Paediatric pharmacology and pharmacology in older people

Section V Toxicology
            Chapter 21 Poisoning and envenomation
            Chapter 22 Management of clinical overdose
            Chapter 23 Contemporary drugs of abuse
            Chapter 24 Drug abuse in sport

Section VI Autonomic pharmacology
            Chapter 25 General aspects of autonomic pharmacology
            Chapter 26 Adrenergic pharmacology
            Chapter 27 Cholinergic pharmacology

Section VII Chemical mediators
            Chapter 28 Introduction to chemical mediators
            Chapter 29 Histamine and antihistamines
            Chapter 30 Prostaglandins and serotonin
            Chapter 31 Nitric oxide and the endothelins

Section VIII Modulation of behaviour, cognition and motor activity
            Chapter 32 General concepts of central nervous system pharmacology
            Chapter 33 Antipsychotic drugs
            Chapter 34 Anxiolytics and hypnotics
            Chapter 35 Antidepressants and mood stabilizers
            Chapter 36 Drugs used in neurodegenerative disorders
            Chapter 37 Anti-seizure drugs and muscle relaxants
            Chapter 38 Central nervous system stimulants

Section IX Drugs used to relieve pain and produce anaesthesia
            Chapter 39 Narcotic analgesics
            Chapter 40 Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, antipyretic and analgesic drugs
            Chapter 41 General anesthesia
            Chapter 42 Local anesthesia

Section X Modulation of oxygenation and perfusion
            Chapter 43 Drugs used to lower blood lipids
            Chapter 44 Antihypertensive drugs
            Chapter 45 Drugs used to promote tissue perfusion
            Chapter 46 Anticoagulants, thrombolytics and antiplatelet drugs
            Chapter 47 Diuretics and other renal drugs
            Chapter 48 Drugs used to treat cardiac insufficiency
            Chapter 49 Fluid and potassium imbalances
            Chapter 50 Anti-anemic drugs
            Chapter 51 Drugs used to maintain gas exchange
            Chapter 52 Over-the-counter respiratory medicines

Section XI Modulation of gastrointestinal function
            Chapter 53 Upper gastrointestinal tract drugs
            Chapter 54 Lower gastrointestinal tract drugs
            Chapter 55 Nausea and vomiting

Section XII Modulation of body growth, development and metabolism
            Chapter 56 Drugs and the pituitary gland
            Chapter 57 The thyroid and the pancreas
            Chapter 58 The adrenal cortex and the gonads
            Chapter 59 Hyperuricaemia and gout
            Chapter 60 Obesity

Section XIII Nutritional and natural therapies
            Chapter 61 Vitamins
            Chapter 62 Minerals
            Chapter 63 Amino acids
            Chapter 64 Enteral and parenteral nutrition
            Chapter 65 Herbal medicines

Section XIV Modulation of cellular growth and proliferation
            Chapter 66 Introduction to chemotherapy
            Chapter 67 Sulphonamides and trimethoprim
            Chapter 68 Antibacterial drugs
            Chapter 69 Antituberculotic and antileprotic drugs
            Chapter 70 Antiseptics and disinfectants
            Chapter 71 Antiparasitic drugs
            Chapter 72 Antimalarial drugs
            Chapter 73 Antiviral drugs
            Chapter 74 Antifungal drugs
            Chapter 75 Vaccines and immunomodulating drugs
            Chapter 76 Cytotoxic drugs
            Chapter 77 Gene therapies

Section XV Drugs used topically
            Chapter 78 Drugs used in diseases of the skin
            Chapter 79 Drugs and the eye

Appendix A Common prescription terminology
Appendix B Common US generic drugs names
Appendix C SI units
Appendix D Drug calculations
Appendix E Common symbols used in medication charts
Appendix F Common word mix-ups
Appendix G Drug–herb interactions
Appendix H Orphan drugs


Alan Galbraith is an international consultant and was formally based at Edith Cowan University in Australia
Shane Bullock teaches at the School of Biomedical Science, James Cook University, Australia
Elizabeth Manias teaches at the School of Nursing, University of Melbourne, Australia.
Barry Hunt has experience of teaching pharmacology to a wide range of health professionals. He is Dean of the Faculty of Health & Human Sciences at the University of Hertfordshire

Ann Richards teaches pharmacology in the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences

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