Indian Journal of Pharmacology, Vol. 39, No. 1, January-February, 2007, pp. 60
Contemporary perspectives on clinical Pharmacotherapeutics
Department of Pharmacology, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Pondicherry - 605 014
Code Number: ph07015
Edited by: Kamalesh Kohli, Madhur Gupta, and Sheela Tejwani
The authors claim in the preface that the book is targeted toward practicing clinicians and post-doctoral students who wish to update their knowledge about what is happening at the cutting edge of pharmacotherapeutics. This is a multiauthor book that will make useful reading to postgraduate students of pharmacology and various other specialities in medicine. This book is unique among text books of pharmacology, in that certain areas not usually covered in other text books of pharmacology such as biotechnology, drug regulatory system in India, Indian medicinal plants, ethics in clinical practice and research, etc. have been included. Other interesting chapters include antioxidants, cytokines as potential therapeutic targets, role of gene knockout strategy in new drug discovery, targeted drug delivery, etc. Postgraduate students of pharmacology should find these very useful. At the end of each chapter there is a list of references, which will be of great help to people who seek more. Certain topics such as pharmacotherapy of glaucoma, medical management of benign prostatic hyperplasia, etc. have been dealt with in great detail. The chapters on revival of thalidomide and statistical issues in clinical trials were interesting to read. There are a number simple and easy to reproduce diagrams and illustrations, which the students will find very helpful. There are some shortcomings that I hope the authors will do something about in the second edition. There are number of typographical errors. In the chapter on contraceptives micrograms have been wrongly spelt as milligrams. In the chapter on obesity a website has been cited in the reference section without giving the date and year of accessing. I hope these will be taken care of by the authors in the next edition.
To conclude this book makes a comprehensive and detailed account of recent advances in the cutting edge of the science of clinical pharmacology and therapeutics. I recommended this as essential reading for all postgraduate and post-doctoral students of pharmacotherapeutics.
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