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Book and Media Reviews
March 26, 2008

Antimicrobial Pharmacodynamics in Theory and Clinical Practice

JAMA. 2008;299(12):1481-1482. doi:10.1001/jama.299.12.1481

The second edition of Antimicrobial Pharmacodynamics in Theory and Clinical Practice has expanded information on malaria, antivirals, and other newer drug classes as compared with the previous edition. As the title implies, the text thoroughly describes numerous pharmacodynamic principles but also contains informative pharmacokinetic information. This makes the chapter titles somewhat misleading, since some include the pharmacodynamic/pharmacokinetic phrasing in their titles when essentially all the chapters contain information relative to both principles. While the chapter titles are inconsistent, the section titles are distinct. In general, the chapters are independent of each other and if read successively will regress at times, with redundant explanations of these principles. The authors appear to be from varied backgrounds, and while affiliations are included, credentials are not, which can alter the perception of the information presented.