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Pharmacokinetics Made Easy covers the principles and concepts of clinical pharmacokinetics simply, comprehensively and at a level understood by and accessible to medical and other health professionals and students. A physiological approach is taken that allows a direct application of the concepts to practical issues in drug therapy. Self-assessment questions are provided with each chapter and there are glossaries of the symbols used and of important pharmacokinetic relationships. The book concentrates on explaining simply and clearly the concepts important for an informed and rational approach to drug dosing and therapy.
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Pharmacokinetics Made Easy presents the principles of pharmacokinetics in a simple, focused and comprehensive manner which is accessible to medical practitioners, health professionals and students. A physiological approach is taken, allowing a direct application of the concepts to practical issues in drug therapy. Features include: self-assessment questions for each chapter to test comprehension of concepts; a glossary of the symbols used and of important pharmacokinetic relationships; use of equations to describe the physiological factors underlying important pharmacokinetic processes; clear diagrams to enhance understanding. Initially published as a series of articles in the Australian Prescriber, Pharmacokinetics Made Easy was written to address a lack of conceptually accessible material. Concentrating on the concepts important for an informed and rational approach to drug dosing and therapy, Pharmacokinetics Made Easy is a key, practical reference.About the Author:
Don Birkett obtained his medical degree from Sydney University in 1967 and a D Phil in Biochemistry from Oxford University in 1970. He has been Professor and Head of CLinical Pharmacology at Flinders University of South Australia and Flinders Medical Centre since 1977. His major research interest has been in the field of drug metabolism using techniques ranging from in vitro molecular biological methods to in vivo pharmacokinetic studies. He was Chair of the International Union of Pharmacology (IUPHAR) Section on Drug Metabolism from 1994 to 1998. He has played a significant role in drug regulation, being a past member of the Australian Drug Evaluation Committee, and the current Chair of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee which considers the listing of drugs for government susidy in Australia. He also currently chairs the Australian Drug Utilization Subcommittee and the WHO Working Group on Drug Statistics Methodology. He has published more than 220 scientific papers and books. he has been teaching clinical pharmacology, pharmacology and pharmacokinetics for more than 25 years to medical and science students, and to drug regulators and members of the pharmaceutical industry.
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