Which textbook should I use? I don't mind price as long as it helps me get a first!
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- 17-10-2016 13:59
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Hi, it depends on your studying style, whether you like to know more than is absolutely necessary, and whether your syllabus places greater emphasis on experimental pharmacology or clinical pharmacology.
For understanding mechanisms of action of drugs in good detail, and to get a grasp of pharmacology in terms of receptor theory as well as, for instance, enzyme inhibition, or the precise mechanisms of action of antibiotics that block bacterial protein synthesis and of the antimalarial drugs, respectively, to cite just a few. the Lange publication "Pharmacology: Examination Board Review" is excellent. It provides considerable detail, but in an assimillable, concise way, and is well illlustrated. At the end of every chapter there are some very challenging practice questions with answers. Medium length volume (6-700 pp)
If you want to master the subject and have sufficient time or are a very fast learner, and want to know everything including the chemical structures of drugs, structure-activity relationships, drug interactions, pharmacokinetics including zero order and first order metabolism, and detailed differences in therapeutics and adverse effects between members of each and every class of drug as well as comprehensive coverage of every drug available to a clinician, nothing can come close to "Goodman & Gilman's 'Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics'". The latest edition (2011 or 2012, I believe) has full colour illustrations and up to date information on almost any drug on the market.
Massive (1200+ pages)
I hope this helps.
(I am an ex-medic, hold a BSc (Hons) Pharmacology degree and am a PG lecturer)