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Pharmacotherapy Handbook, Seventh Edition

Pharmacotherapy Handbook, Seventh Edition
Author: Barbara Wells - Joseph DiPiro - Terry Schwinghamme
ISBN 13: 9780071485012
ISBN 10: 71485015
Edition: 7
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Medical
Publication Date: 2008-10-22
Format: Paperback
Pages: 1072
List Price: $54.95

Essential Pharmacotherapy Data at Your Fingertips!



"The book addresses all aspects of 84 disease states and disorders, from presentation and pathology to treatment and monitoring. Each chapter focuses on individual groups of medication considered for treatment and gives a concise overview of them in easy to see bulleted points. The qualities that I find especially useful are that charts and algorithms are easily identifiable and tables are shaded light gray for quick reference . . . Although this handbook contains an enormous amount of information, it conveniently fits into a lab coat pocket. It is an extremely useful reference." — Doody's

Pharmacotherapy Handbook delivers the essential information you need to quickly and confidently make drug therapy decisions for eighty-four diseases and disorders. Featuring a convenient alphabetized presentation, the book utilizes text, tables, figures, and treatment algorithms to make important drug data readily accessible and easily understandable.


  • Consistent chapter organization that includes:

    Disease state definition,

    Concise review of relevant pathophysiology,

    Clinical presentation,


    Desired outcome,



  • Six valuable appendices, including a new one on the management of pharmacotherapy in the elderly
  • NEW chapters on adrenal gland disorders and influenza
  • The ideal companion to Pharmacology: A Pathophysiologic Approach, 7e by Joseph DiPiro et al.

Joni L. Stahura

As stated in the preface, this is the pocket companion to DiPiro's Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, 4th Edition (Appleton & Lange, 1999). It is a compendium of concise overviews of select disease states found in the textbook. Each chapter is presented uniformly, giving a definition of the disease state, its pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, desired outcome, and treatment/monitoring information. The first edition, published in 1998, was the pocket companion to Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, 3rd Edition. The purpose is to provide a portable summary of the critical information found in the textbook. This is meant to allow easy access to information in a clinical setting. The book is written for practitioners and students. Major disease states and disorders are reveiwed. Bulleted statements provide an easy to read format allowing the reader to go quickly from one statement to another, focusing on areas of interest. Additional information is presented in treatment algorithms and tables. The handbook is a good review of the material, but is not a substitute for the textbook. Readers who are not familiar with the topics covered will need to refer to the textbook for in-depth explanations. The authors of the handbook do provide the reader with a cross reference to the textbook for this purpose. Sections on disease state, pathophysiology, presentation, diagnosis, and desired outcome are good, quick reviews. The treatment and monitoring sections contain basic information, but more detailed references would need to be consulted prior to prescribing. It would be helpful if more key points were referenced within thehandbook. The second edition of this handbook does justify replacing the first, in that it is a companion to the new textbook. However, the sections reviewed did not significantly change from the first edition.