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Book "Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference, 36th Edition"

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Martindale: The complete drug reference has been continuously expanded since it was first published in 1883. In this 36th edition, every entry hasbeen checked and updated where necessary. The extra information, and largertext size chosen to make the books easier to read, is contained in a new cased two-volume format. The first volume contains the preface and the drugmonographs, while the second volume holds all proprietary preparations and the index, as well as manufacturers' contact information.

Therapeutic Area: This text provides the reader with extensive monographs of drugs and medicines used worldwide.

Format: Volume 1 of this 2 volume text contains a preface, table of contents, defined abbreviations, contracted names for ions and groups, atomic weights of elements, disease treatment reviews, and drug monographs with references. Volume 2 contains information on proprietary preparations, a directory of manufacturers, and an index.

Audience: This text is a valuable resource for pharmacists, physicians, students, and other healthcare professionals seeking information on the presented pharmaceutical preparations.

Purpose: As indicated by the editor, this text is intended to provide the healthcare professional with unbiased information on pharmaceutical products. Given the scope and format of the information presented, it would most likely be used as a reference for either an elective or required course, or to ascertain drug-specific knowledge.

Content: The majority of this text is devoted to drug monographs with introductory disease treatment reviews. In general, the monographs include a chemical structure and description of the drug, adverse effects, precautions, interactions, pharmacokinetics, uses and administration, and available preparations. The organizational structure of the material is appropriate and easy to follow. The monographs contain general information and, where applicable, more specific details.

Usability: The text is supported with over 40 000 references, including up-to-date primary citations and approximately 1500 references for Internet material. Although relatively expensive, this reference is reflective of the market and the quantity and quality of information presented.

Highlights: A major strength of this text is that it provides an unbiased and thorough review of pharmaceutical products available worldwide. It also conveniently provides the reader with the chemical structures and names and addresses of the products manufacturers.

Limitations: The size of the 2 volume text is an inconvenience, as volume 2 must be used when accessing a product via the index. With this text serving primarily as a reference source, it would be expected that the reader would desire additional resources for a more in-depth study of the presented products.

Comparison with Previous Edition: Substantial changes to the 34th edition include monograph revisions, updated references, and the addition of approximately 160 monographs; 20 monographs have been deleted. This edition also has a slightly larger font size and includes graphical chemical structures of many of the included products. This is the first edition since the 24th edition in 1958 to be presented in 2 volumes.

Comparison with Other Related Books or Products: Books such as Remington: The Science and Practice of Pharmacy, AHFS Drug Information, and the Physician's Desk Reference present similar information, but not in as much detail. The inclusion of global pharmaceutical products is a special strength of this text.

Reviewer's Summary: This text provides the reader with a rather thorough overview of many pharmaceutical products. As stated, the major advantage of this resource is the inclusion of preparations available worldwide. Although necessary due to the quantity of information presented and the larger font size, the 2 volume set is somewhat inconvenient. Because of its cost and primary use as a reference, it would likely be purchased by libraries, drug information centers, or other health organizations rather than by individuals. Given the scope of information contained in this book, it would serve as a valuable resource to students and select healthcare professionals and should be available to those in their respective educational or work environments.

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