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Therapeutics and Human Physiology

How drugs work

Edited by Elsie Gaskell
Chris Rostron

14 February 2013

ISBN: 9780199655298

232 pages

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Integrated Foundations of Pharmacy

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The Integrated Foundations of Pharmacy series series supports those who are at the beginning of their journey to become a pharmacist.



The Integrated Foundations of Pharmacy series is for those at the start of their journey to become a pharmacist. It helps students understand how a drug molecule is made and then turned into a medicine; the role they will have when dispensing; and how the medicine works in the body. Most importantly, it shows how all of these aspects come together.

  • Supports integrated pharmacy education, so that students are learning in a professionally relevant context from day one.
  • Focuses on the fundamental ideas that first year students need to fully grasp before progressing with more advanced study.
  • Material clearly demonstrates connections between scientific concepts and principles and how they are applied to pharmacy.
  • Written by subject experts and edited by academics with a wealth of teaching experience.

About the Author(s)

Edited by Elsie Gaskell, School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Chris Rostron, School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Dr Elsie Gaskell (editor), studied Applied Microbiology at Liverpool John Moores University. She worked at Pfizer in Sandwich, in their Veterinary Medicine research and development department, before undertaking a research degree. She completed her PhD in 2006, working in the area of novel therapeutic systems for cystic fibrosis. She is now a senior lecturer in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University, where she teaches in the area of pharmacology. Her research interests remain in drug action and delivery.

Dr Chris Rostron (series editor), graduated in Pharmacy from Manchester University and completed a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry at Aston University. He gained Chartered Chemist status in 1975. After a period of post-doctoral research he was appointed as a lecturer in Medicinal Chemistry at Liverpool Polytechnic. He is now an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University. He was a member of the Academic Pharmacy Group Committee of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and chairman for the past 5 years. He is currently chairman of the Academic Pharmacy Forum and deputy chair of the Education Expert Advisory Panel of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. He is an external examiner in Medicinal Chemistry at a number of Schools of Pharmacy both in the UK and abroad. In 2008 he was awarded honorary membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain for services to Pharmacy education.

Table of Contents

    1:The scientific basis of therapeutics
    2: Molecular cell biology
    3:The biochemistry of cells
    4:Introduction to drug action
    5:Communication systems in the body - neural
    6:The autonomic nervous system
    7:Communication systems in the body - autocoids and hormones
    10:This is just the beginning


"The book explains concepts very well, using clear, concise language. The scientific content forms a good foundation on which to build over subsequent years and brings in useful and interesting examples to enable students to appreciate the direct relevance of the subject matter to their understanding of therapeutics." - Dr Julie Sanderson, University of East Anglia

"This textbook combines the relevant basic molecular biology, physiology and anatomy with the basic mechanisms of pharmacology into a coherent package for first year pharmacy students." - Dr Stephen Kelley, Medway School of Pharmacy

"A particularly valuable addition to the learning and teaching of pharmacotherapeutics ... a concise and easy read." - Robert B. Raffa, Ph.D (Temple University School of Pharmacy), Doody's Notes

"Whilst the book is selectively aimed to those in the earlier stages of their degree, I would not hesitate in recommending the title as it is able to do something that few books before have done, in producing a resource that is both informative and user-friendly to the new university student." - Ali Al-Enbaree, student, University of Bradford

"I would definitely recommend this book to other pharmacy students. The information provided is significant to the degree and further pharmacy practice. Case studies are given relating to pharmacy practice which will help practical skills. A good reference source to refer to in the later stages of your career." - Zeynab Ahmed, student, University of Bradford