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Does not make it easier - very poorly executed.
on March 16, 2013
If you are looking for a book that will simplify your study of Nursing Pharmacology then don't buy this one. I paid over $40 for it and even though the price seems to have come down a bit I still don't think it's worth the money by a long shot. If you must, buy it used, but really, don't waste your money or time.
1) This book is over 700 pages - it will not simplify your study of Pharm. The pages are dense with text, the graphics are not useful and won't help you remember key points. Much of the information is presented in the form of bulleted lists and no effort seems to have been made to boil things down to what is important or essential.
2) I have several other books from the "Incredibly Easy" series and they were useful. They were shorter and less comprehensive than my text book, but they gave me the essential information. Also, the graphics helped you remember key points and concepts. However, this book fails on all of these counts.
3) The book has a high-level table of contents with only 15 entries. One of them, for example, is Respiratory Drugs. The chapter has numerous internal headings, for example, beta blockers, anticholinergics, etc. but you will only know that by paging through the chapter. A detailed table of contents should have been included in this book. There are no chapter outlines either. So you will have to look in the index for any topic (e.g. anticholinergics) you are interested in - where you will NOT find the page range for the section that deals with this topic. Instead you will find every page, or page range, that mentions the topic you looked up. Bottom line - it is very difficult to find the information you need about a particular class of drugs, or about a particular drug.
4) If you are looking for information on antihistamines, you will have to look in the index for that and you'll find 4 page ranges for it so you'll end up paging through these until you find the page range that actually focuses on antihistamines.
5) And if you are looking for Benadryl, for example, you won't find it in the index. Why? Because this book only believes in using generic names. Even the NCLEX will use both, for example, " The patient is taking diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and reports... " So, if you want information on a drug, unless you know the generic name already you will have to look it up in your drug guide first. Seeing drugs in the form 'generic (Trade)' gives you a larger scaffold on which to build your knowledge, which is why good Pharm texts use that form.
6) I've had this book for almost 6 months and I've gone back to it again and again hoping I would find it more useful, attempting to give it the benefit of the doubt. In the end I find this book to be a waste of my time and money and maybe this review can save you from wasting yours as well. And maybe it will motivate the publishers to re-write it for the next edition, which hopefully will be shorter and much better organized.