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Katzung & Trevor's Pharmacology Examination and Board Review: Eighth Edition (LANGE Basic Science) 8th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0071488693
ISBN-10: 0071488693
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"This review is widely used by medical, pharmacy, nursing, and allied health students to facilitate their mastery of understanding drugs in preparation for course and board examinations. It is especially valuable for the USMLE Step 1 examination....This is one of the better board review books in pharmacology and it closely follows the most widely used textbook for teaching pharmacology. 4 Stars!"--Doody's Review Service (Doody's 2008-11-18)

About the Author

Anthony J. Trevor, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Bertram G. Katzung, MD, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology
Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Susan B. Masters, PhD, is Professor and Academy Chair of Pharmacology Education
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: 640 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Medical; 8 edition (December 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071488693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071488693
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,190,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Greene on March 12, 2009
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I have had Lippincott's Illustrated Reviews: Pharmacology, 4th Edition (Lippincott's Illustrated Reviews Series) for my entire second year of medical school. I recently purchased this book, and although I can't give a thorough post-Step 1 review yet, I do prefer studying (for exams and Step 1) from this book rather than Lippincott's.

The chapters are more lined up with the way my pharmacology class is set up, and it (briefly) includes lower-yield topics covered on my exams but not heavily emphasized on the Step 1. These topics are readily identifiable, however. The book itself includes an alphabetical listing of the 200 or so most tested drugs on Step 1, along with a brief description of the mechanism of action, toxicity, and the corresponding chapter or chapters that discuss this drug. Within each chapter, key drugs are listed in table format. Lippincott's seems less organized, and each chapter is organized differently than the next, making it more difficult to orient yourself when moving on to subsequent chapters.

This book does a better job integrating other relevant subjects into the chapter. For example, there is a decent immunology review in the chapter that discusses immune modifying drugs. Also, in every chapter you will find "Skill-Keeper" questions that test your comprehension of previous chapters. Very helpful, and lacking in Lippincott's

Katzung also has 10-15 (roughly) end-of-chapter review questions, along with two 120 question comprehensive exams, for a total of nearly 3 times as many questions as in Lippicott's. Some people may not need questions, but I do.
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This review is from: Katzung & Trevor's Pharmacology Examination and Board Review: Eighth Edition (LANGE Basic Science) (Paperback)
I'm a second-year medical student, and let me say first that I've always had some trouble with pharmacology. I can learn drugs well enough for exams, but I always forget them a week later, and now, studying for my step 1, I can't remember any of them!

The problem is that the way I've learned drugs, and the way they've been taught to me, is by memorizing a handful of quick associations with each drug-- tuberculosis = isoniazid = pyridoxine deficiency. Well, that's fine for remembering for a few days, but it's not really learning. So I tried several other books-- Lippincott's (which just doesn't work for me-- too much flashy color, not enough substance!), several textbooks (Integrated Pharmacology is pretty good for learning drugs by system, but that's not really how you need to learn them) and even Goodman and Gilman's (I bought it used and have used it twice; never a good use of time-- leave the heavy-duty pharm text for the pharmacologists!).

That's where Katzung & Trevor's Examination and Board Review comes in. It's more substantial than Lippincott's and (I think) better written; but most importantly it provides a LOT of very useful features. Chapters are short (~5-10 pages) and specific; I like this because it feels like I'm getting more done instead of just slogging through a 100-page chapter. Each chapter has a set of questions (about 10 to 20), which definitely helps with internalizing what you just read; there are also two 120-question practice exams at the end (probably best used for boards review).
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Great review book. Especially if using for the boards. It has good information, just enough detail and it doesn't drag. It also has fantastic questions at the end to test yourself. I would recommend this book to anyone taking the PANCE, USMLE or any boards requiring a good working knowledge of pharm.
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As much as I like the widely rated "Lippincott's Illustrated Reviews: Pharmacology" which everyone in my PA class heard about first, the Katzung & Trevor Pharm Exam and Board Review pounds it into the dirt! This pharm book is so handy for studying not only to prepare for pharmacology exams in physician assistant school, but also for the national board exam we take after graduation. I love the huge, yes huge number of relevant pharm questions in this text - there are over 1000! And all the mechanisms of action are explained! Each chapter is detailed enough to cover what you need to know and short enough to finish in one sitting which seriously enhances the learning process. Katzung is well-written, and much better than taking a dry pharm class any day of the week - recommend you get this one, it is a jewel.
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Pharmacology examination by Lange was written for you the tester in mind. It's succint, to the point and a great review and a tool. Don't let the brevity fool you...it's organized for you and well presented with charts and visuals and very handy and user friendly. However, you will require background knowledge for this and other pharmacology books...there are prerequisites, requisites, obligatories and supplemental...so at any given time we are only doing the minimal...knowing that...getting the details are as important and getting the whole picture and class of drugs and subcategories etc. Excellent, well presented...you can read your chapters fast. Thank you Lange.
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