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Basic and Clinical Pharmacology 12/E (LANGE Basic Science) 12th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0071764018
ISBN-10: 0071764011
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Bertram G. Katzung, MD, PhD
Professor Emeritus
Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

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Product Details

  • Series: LANGE Basic Science
  • Paperback: 1248 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Medical; 12th edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071764011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071764018
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After more than 50 years I have retired from Medical Practice and now no longer classed as a health service provider but a health service consumer. 25 years ago I did a stint in administration and had my pharmacology knowledge updated to the standards of that time. I purchased this book our of interest and perhaps a little self pride at keeping up-to-date. It is fairly complete in covering the range of clinical pharmaceutical issues, well laid out, well written, well illustrated, and set at a useful level of knowledge. It is useful. I know one younger colleague seeing it on my Tablet noted the Title, and the reasonable cost down with the intention of getting onto Amazon for a copy. Although no longer prescribing I feel increasingly confident, if required, to give first class informed consent on pharmacological management. I would like to think that any physician attending me or my family has had some update, such as this volume, over the past decade or so.
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The recent revision (12th edition) of Katzung's Basic & Clinical Pharmacology is a great reference book. Chapters are organized based on the drugs' therapeutic effects and each chapter provides a basic overview of the varied drug classes available for different pathologies (e.g., antidepressants and anti-hypertension drugs). Chapters also provide a general review of the adverse and toxic effects of each drug class. The information is not sufficent for a clinician to select a specific drug and dosage to manage the symptoms of a disorder, but it is a great resource to get a general "picture" of the pharmacological options availabe.

It's a great book to have on the shelf and I frequently refer to it when considering the effects drugs outside of my speciality.
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Goodman is a great book, but this edition of katzung's pharmacology is the best! I liked the ilustrations and the cases in the beggining of each chapter. Highly recommended!
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This is the textbook for the pharmacology course I took. Both of Katzung's pharmacology books share the same flaw.

Throughout the class, I noticed that class presentations included drugs not mentioned in other sources (such as Medscape). When I looked into them in more detail, I found that they are simply not available in the US. Many are even unavailable world-wide.

When I mentioned these drugs to the professor, he said they are in "Katzung". When I (reluctanctly) checked, I did indeed find them in Katzung's books. One drug I looked up had not been available, world-wide, for 14 years (plicamycin). That should have been plenty of time for the authors to have made appropriate updates.

While I understand mentioning unique or notable drugs for historical reasons, such as drugs that assisted with major medical advances, a vast majority of the no-longer-available drugs mentioned by Katzung are rather unremarkable. They also tend to be mentioned in a way that makes them appear to be current.

Avoid this book -- unless you like memorizing stuff that you will never encounter (unless you find yourself in some paranoid schizo's 20-year-old nuclear bunker) and want to look stupid during rotations and practice (and when giving lectures) for recommending drugs that haven't been available in decades.
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I recommend this book to NP students. It provides drug information and prescribing regimens as well as background information on the drug and the class.
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Completely unreadable without a background in Pharmacology. Goes into more detail than other texts but explains things horribly. Organization makes no sense and it just lists drugs in a completely random illogical way. It's like someone just dumped their vast knowledge of drugs down on paper and called it a day. If you already know everything then this book has tons of information. For those learning Pharmacology, this won't teach you as well as the other resources out there.
If you're in medical school steer clear.
I prefer Lippincott's Pharm or the purple review book by Katzung (same author but written better although lacking minutiae)
For pharm I use picmonics to memorize, Lippincott's to understand, the purple review book to learn more details and quiz myself, Lange flashcards to quiz myself, Kaplan videos are good if all else fails.

For time management purposes steer clear of this book if you're in medical school unless you have a solid Pharmacology background
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A required book for my medical school. I couldn't connect with it. Pharm for me is best learned with some flashcards and your favorite pathology textbook to make relevant clinical connections. This book feels like its trying to do all that at the same time and it just got confusing for me.
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By NKM on July 17, 2012
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I love the Lange series of medical texts - and this one is no exception. Excellent text. Simple to use, clear and concise explanations.
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