This new resource introduces students and researchers to the fundamentals of pharmacology using easy-to-understand language, to provide a solid background, and help readers develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of this important and evolving subject.
Pharmacology is a branch of biology that studies the interaction of drugs and living organisms to better understand how they can affect biochemical function. Today, pharmacologists rely on genetics, molecular biology, and biochemistry in the quest to develop effective, personalized medicine. In over 120 articles arranged in A to Z order, Principles of Pharmacology addresses a variety of topics in this field. Entries related to basic principles and concepts include fields of study related to the topic; an Abstract that provides a brief, concrete summary of the topic; Key Concepts important to a proper understanding of the topic; Text that gives an explanation of the background and significance; Illustrations that clarify difficult concepts via models, diagrams, and charts; and Further Reading lists that relate to each entry.
Entries in Principles of Pharmacology range from one to five pages in length. Topics discussed include:
- HIV Vaccine
- Macrolide Antibiotics
- Plant Alkaloids and Terpenoids in Chemotherapy
- Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF)
This volume also includes several helpful appendices, including:
- Timeline of Major Events in Pharmacology
- Nobel Prize Winners in Medicine and Physiology
- General Bibliography
Designed for students and researchers, this volume provides new ways to think about and study issues, policies, and practices in pharmacology. This will be a helpful addition to science and environmental programs at the high school, community college, and university levels.