this book is basically just a list of every drug. they're organized into chapters by function, but that's about the extent of the organization of this book. you'll find a box with a list of every drug, and then there will be bullet points describing the mechanism, use, and side effects for about 10% of those, a seemingly arbitrary selection process. there is hardly any mention of which drugs are first line. going into clinics, it seems like i'll be able to list off 20 drugs from a certain class (if i sit down and actually take the time to memorize them) and then have no idea how to choose one. it would me much more helpful if the important drugs were emphasized.
also, there are hardly any diagrams or explanations of mechanisms. i'm sure plenty of people are happy just memorizing lists, but i retain the material better if i actually understand it.
btw, the "high yield" facts in the margins are 90% of the time: "notice all the beta-blockers end in -olol" or...
I wanted a portable resource but also one that had enough information to be a study aid. This worked well. I wish I'd used it earlier on in the course to put my notes in the margin. Having the online access is a plus too!
Do not expect much in the way of individual drugs characteristics, this is a general drug class overview. Very helpful in explaining what each "Class" of drugs mechanism of action is, adverse effects and indications.
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