By Douglas Rollins and Donald Blumenthal
First edition published 2015
Published by McGraw Hill Education
I have looked at the original Goodman and Gilman’s pharmacological basis of therapeutics in the past. Indeed, it is a superb book but a very detailed textbook which may be too in-depth for many people, though it is an excellent reference book. So step forwards this much slimmer book which as the title states is a workbook and a good revision aid. Yes, you could use it with the mother ship but on its own, it can act as useful springboard to brush up on your pharmacological knowledge. I should add that I did not review the print version of this book but a digital edition, using Adobe digital editions and it was very easy to use on a PC screen. Many people nowadays are happy to use a digital edition.
This is a book that will appeal to some but not all healthcare professionals’ learning styles. It is not a reference text but as it says in the title, it is a workbook. It is good for relearning basic principles and updating previous slightly hazy knowledge and so helps the reader to improve on their current knowledge.
There is good use of learning objectives and each page is packed with revision detail with an emphasis on learning objectives and key concepts. There are plenty of case histories and summary quizzes not only to reinforce learning but make educational points (don’t worry the answers to the quizzes are provided!). For some people, this method of learning could suit them well but it does not work for everyone, if this is not their style. Of course this is an American book and trade names will reflect on the origin of the book but most generic names seemed very familiar. However, remember there may be subtle differences not only in practice but in regulatory oversight and use of pharmacological agents does vary in different countries. So please take this into account and use in conjunction with local texts such as the BNF for here in the UK.
I have always liked pharmacology and there is a need for an innovative and easy to use text and this fits the bill. Although it is not an all round reference source, each page does pack a lot of details and information within it. Used properly, this book can be a great springboard to gaining improved and updated knowledge. Helpfully, it is not an expensive book and considering how important clinical pharmacology is in the day to day practice of many of us, we should make sure we are up-to-date with the latest concepts. For some but not all people, this book will help them achieve this aim. If you are looking for a general all purpose, in depth one stop reference source, look elsewhere.
Dr Harry Brown