Although online resources and smartphone applications are often used in place of pharmacology texts, this reference is a unique and valuable tool for all nurses caring for patients in high-acuity settings. The content, the layout, and even the decision to make the volume spiral-bound so it can be laid flat are all indications of the authors’ commitment to giving essential information to busy nurses providing direct patient care. In addition, the text is coauthored and reviewed by pharmacists with doctoral preparation, providing reassurance in the accuracy of the information.

The book begins with clear instructions on how it is best used, advising readers to use the index to locate specific medications. Although the index is cross-referenced, eg, antibiotics are listed under “antibacterial agents” and by generic name, all listings refer to a single page number. This avoids the problem of flipping from page...

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