Virginia Poole, Andrew M. Peterson. Philadelphia, Pa: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2005. 976 pages, $77.95.

Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice: A Practical Approach is grouped into 14 units and divided into 63 chapters. The first unit, Principles of Therapeutics, includes chapters on basic pharmacology and principles of pharmacotherapy in pediatrics, pregnancy, the elderly, pain control, antimicrobial therapy, as well as complementary and alternative medicines. Chapter 1 discusses of the role and process of the nurse practitioner in prescribing medications. This is followed by a general description of pharmacokinetics and dynamics. The chapters on pediatrics, pregnancy, and the elderly discuss the physiological differences in each group and how absorption and distribution are affected. In the chapter on pain management, there is a discussion of drug therapy by type of pain. In the chapter about principles of antimicrobial therapy, the factors in...

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