Year Published: 2008
This book is about the rational scientific basis and practice of drug therapy.Doctors need to understand the psychological and medical area in which they prescribe to deliver what patients have a right to expect i.e. maximum benefit with minimum risk. To this end the range of general topics discussed includes: benefits and risks, the public view of drugs and prescribers, complementary and traditional medicine in relation to conventional medicine, responsiblity for drug-caused injury, why drug therapy causes unavoidable risk, evaluation of medicines, ethics of medicines research, the scientific basis of pharmacology and adverse drug reactions, non-medical and social use of drugs. These general topics are followed by chapters systematically reviewing the rational use of drugs in disease.