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SHORT TEXTBOOK OF PHARMACOLOGY: MADE EASIER THAN EVER BEFORE
Author: ABDUL QADER QUADRI
ISBN: 9789694949598
Year: 2016
Publisher: PARAMOUNT BOOKS (PVT) LTD.
Category: PHARMACOLOGY
Edition: 1
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Pages: 408
Level 3rd Year MBBS
Type Medical Textbook / Reference
 ABOUT THE TITLE
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ALL STUDENTS
HOW TO STUDY THIS BOOK
This book is not meant to be a quick revision during the last days of your preparation. It is to be studied from day one along with any other textbook you prefer when you start studying Pharmacology in the third year of medicine or when you start preparing for the USMLE Step-1 or any other post-graduate examination. Mnemonics, important points and diagrams will help you to not only go through the textbook with ease but also help you memorize the information.
Pharmacology is a subject that has to be revised repeatedly, otherwise critical concepts concerning drugs and medicines elude you. Go through it once with your preferred textbook, and then keep revising one chapter daily for 30-45 minutes even if you are studying some other subject. Make it a part of your routine and ultimately you will be able to revise Pharmacology in only three to four days before exams. If you follow the book the way we are suggesting, you will be able to draw the maximum benefit from it.

PREFACE
We started to write this short textbook when we were preparing for our post-graduate examination (USMLE). All medical students in any part of the world find pharmacology to be the toughest of subjects in medical school and when preparing for further post-graduate exams like the USMLE’s. Pharmacology gives nightmares to medical students. Therefore to simplify it for memorizing, we came up with the idea to compose the most concise pharmacology book ever for medical as well as Step-1 students. We have prepared this book with our personal experiences creating the easiest of mnemonics along with some expected clinical vignettes. The road map we followed was to make a concise list of mechanisms of action, important side effects, interactions and contraindications of common drugs, as these critical aspects of pharmacology are always hard to ace. It was an arduous effort to search for these critical bits of knowledge from the existing Medicine and Pharmacology material. We have also simplified some commonly asked clinical scenarios so that any student can pick these up easily on the exam day. Mnemonics are simple, interesting and easy to memorize so that the mechanisms of action, adverse effects and treatment can be on your fingertips. Another feature on which we have tried to concentrate is a test to write explanations for clinically relevant and unique side effects. We feel it helps in remembering and recalling when needed in actual clinical practice. The book covers all Pharmacology required to ace any exam at graduate or post-graduate level and especially USMLE Step-1. Literature from the USMLE review books along with other books for the graduate and postgraduate examinations
and some selected textbooks of pharmacology have helped us in shaping this book. It is our gift to all hard working medical students who are going through the difficult experience of studying the monster called ‘Pharmacology’. We will be thankful to you if you email us about any mistakes, mnemonics or additional drugs for the next editions. Your suggestions and criticism will be highly appreciated.

Authors:
Syed Abdul Qader Quadri M.D.
Clinical Research Assistant,
Neurosurgery and Neurointervention Critical Care,
Desert Regional Medical Center, Palm Springs
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Colton,
California.

Mudassir Farooqui
Research Medical Officer
Department of Paediatrics,
Aga Khan University Hospital,
Karachi, Pakistan.

CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS
Zafar, Atif M.D.
Sajid Suriya M.D.
Shariq Nawab M.D.
Ghulam Ishaq Khan M.D.
Sanam Anwar M.D.
M.Ovais Shamim M.D.
M.Habib Zubair M.D.
Asad Ikram M.D.
M.Junaid Zaheer
Fahad Mehmood M.D.
khubaib Majid
Farah Ghayoor Chughtai
M.Waqas
Mubashir Saleem
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 TABLE OF CONTENTS
SECTION 1 BASIC PRINCIPLES OF PHARMACOLOGY 1
CHAPTER 1 General Concepts 3
CHAPTER 2 Pharmacokinetics 17
CHAPTER 3 Pharmacodynamics 33
SECTION 2 AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM PHARMACOLOGY 45
CHAPTER 4 General Considerations 47
CHAPTER 5 Cholinergic Pharmacology 59
CHAPTER 6 Adrenergic Pharmacology 73
CHAPTER 7 Glaucoma and Treatment 85
SECTION 3 CARDIOVASCULAR PHARMACOLOGY 87
CHAPTER 8 The Fundamental Concepts 89
CHAPTER 9 Antiarrhythmic Drugs 95
CHAPTER 10 Anti-Hypertensive Drugs 103
CHAPTER 11 Drugs for Heart Failure 113
CHAPTER 12 Anti-Anginal Drugs 121
CHAPTER 13 Diuretics 125
CHAPTER 14 Anti-Hyperlipidemics 133
SECTION 4 CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM 139
CHAPTER 15 Fundamental Concepts 141
CHAPTER 16 Sedatives and Hypnotics 145
CHAPTER 17 Anti-Epileptic Drugs 153
CHAPTER 18 Anesthetics 157
CHAPTER 19 Local Anesthetics 161
CHAPTER 20 Skeletal Muscle Relaxants 165
CHAPTER 21 Opioids 169
CHAPTER 22 Dopamine Pharmacology 175
CHAPTER 23 Anti-Parkinson Drugs 179
CHAPTER 24 Anti-Psychotic Drugs (Neuroleptics) 185
CHAPTER 25 Antidepressant Drugs 189
CHAPTER 26 Drugs of Abuse 197
SECTION 5 GASTROINTESTINAL PHARMACOLOGY 203
CHAPTER 27 Anti-Ulcer Drugs 205
CHAPTER 28 Laxatives 211
CHAPTER 29 Anti-Emetics 213
SECTION 6 ASTHMA, ALLERGY AND RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS 217
CHAPTER 30 Drugs for Allergy and Asthma 219
SECTION 7 INFLAMMATORY DRUGS 227
CHAPTER 31 Musculoskeletal 229
SECTION 8 BLOOD 239
CHAPTER 32 Hematology 241
SECTION 9 ENDOCRINE PHARMACOLOGY 251
CHAPTER 33 Anti Thyroid Pharamacology 253
CHAPTER 34 Insulin and Diabetic Pharmacology 259
CHAPTER 35 Male and Female Reproductive Pharmacology 267
SECTION 10 ANTIBIOTIC DRUGS 277
CHAPTER 36 Antibiotic Drugs 279
CHAPTER 37 Anti-Fungal Agents 299
CHAPTER 38 Anti-Viral Agents 303
CHAPTER 39 Anti-Malarials 313
SECTION 11 ANTI-CANCER AND IMMUNOLOGY 319
CHAPTER 40 Anti-Cancer Drugs 321
CHAPTER 41 Immunology 325
SECTION 12 TOXICOLOGY AND ALTERNATE MEDICINE 333
CHAPTER 42 Toxicology 335
CHAPTER 43 Natural Medicinals 339
SECTION 13 HIGH YIELD IMPORTANT POINTS 341
CHAPTER 44 High Level Review Points of all Drugs 343
CHAPTER 45 Drug Interactions Involving the P-450 System 363
CHAPTER 46 List of Abbreviations 367
Index 377
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