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Book and Media Reviews
November 26, 2008

Desk Reference of Clinical Pharmacology

JAMA. 2008;300(20):2431-2432. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.702

In the preface to his text, Manuchair Ebadi states that the Desk Reference of Clinical Pharmacology is “designed specifically for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and other members of the health-care delivery team.” He suggests that the book may be used as an A-to-Z “encyclopedia of medications” as well as a textbook. The text includes a large number of “orientation articles” that provide brief overviews of disease states (eg, arrhythmias) and drug classes (eg, antipsychotics). In this updated second edition, Ebadi notes the latest advances in molecular medicine, genetics, and cell-based therapeutics and discusses how these areas have revolutionized medicine since the publication of the first edition in 1998. Accordingly, Ebadi includes expanded sections focusing on immunotherapy, pharmacogenomics, and suicide inhibitors for cancer treatment.