The fourth edition of Medical Pharmacology presents the basic concepts and principles of drug action as related to a rational basis for therapeutics. The primary emphasis has been placed on the mode of action of drugs in terms of physiologic and biochemical systems. In addition to chapters contained in earlier editions, the author has added a chapter on disinfectants and antiseptics and a chapter dealing with contemporary drug abuse, by Dr. Gregory C. Dimijian. Several other chapters have been expanded, and the chapter covering anesthetics has been rewritten.
In keeping with the style of earlier editions, the subject matter is presented in a concise manner with a minimum of detail. Readers interested in delving further into the subjects discussed will find that the references are strongly oriented toward clinical pharmacology.
It is the expressed purpose of this book to relate pertinent pharmacologic information to medical students and practicing physicians. With