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Patricia L. Marshik, PharmD
Chest. 2001;120(6):2118. doi:10.1378/chest.120.6.2118
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By Stuart R. Levine and Arthur J. McLaughlin Jr, New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, Medical Publishing Division, 2001; 386 pp; $49

Pharmacology in Respiratory Care is a textbook that contains the usual chapters traditionally found in pharmacology books, including those reviewing sympathetic nervous system, parasympathetic nervous system, and sedative-hypnotic, narcotic, anticoagulant, and cardiac glycoside medications. Specific chapters also address pharmaceuticals with antiallergic and antihistamine properties, bronchodilators, adrenal steroids, and antibacterials. In addition, the book incorporates more contemporary chapters, including herbal remedies for respiratory diseases, a compatibility chart for nebulized respiratory medications, and individual state regulatory issues regarding the practice of respiratory therapists. Dr. Levine, a director of pharmacy services, associate professor at Temple University School of Pharmacy, and an adjunct instructor of a respiratory care degree program, and Arthur McLaughlin, a former director of respiratory care, and adjunct instructor of a respiratory care degree program, have tried to develop a textbook for beginning students in respiratory care. The individual chapters are well organized, beginning with the focus of the chapter, a glossary of terms used in that chapter, and chapter objectives. Following the introduction, chapters cover the specific pharmacology of the medications, including therapeutic effects, clinical indications, and adverse effects. The chapters conclude with review questions and a section called “Applying Knowledge on the Job.” This section presents “real-life” scenarios in which respiratory care practitioners can apply the knowledge learned in the chapter. Finally, several chapters contain Internet activities, consisting of an Internet site address and brief description of what the student will find at that site. The majority of the sites contain in-depth readings on specific disease states and treatments, while a few of the sites contain patient information and case studies.

Overall, the book is a good source of information for beginning students in respiratory care. While accurately covering a variety of topics, it does not include great depth and is written at a level that beginning students should understand. The text maintains the students’ interest by incorporating the pharmacology of the medications that they will encounter in their professional practice into a variety of relevant clinical activities. Pharmacology in Respiratory Care should prove of benefit to beginning students, but will probably not be as valuable to more advanced practitioners.




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