In medical school curricula pharmacology used to represent the transition from preclinical subjects to clinical medicine. Courses tended to emphasize prescription writing, and, because most drugs came already prepackaged and tradenamed, many nascent physicians paid scant attention to the course. Had it not been for a couple of good textbooks, notably the perennial favorite Goodman and Gilman, many physicians older than 40 years would not even remember that they ever took a course in pharmacology. Since then, pharmacology has been squeezed into smaller and smaller time slots. Yet, clinical pharmacology is having a renascence and spurring more and more interest among practitioners and students alike.
This massive, two-volume, 2,416-page, indexed work caps this interest. It is a bold multi-author undertaking and reflects the current state of the art in France; it is written in French and reflects French views. The compass is panoramic and beautifully correlates pharmacology with clinical medicine.