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Principles of clinical pharmacology and drug therapy

Kevin O’Shaughnessy

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.10

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Principles of clinical pharmacology and drug therapy

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The role of clinical pharmacology is to provide the scientific basis for rational prescribing: ‘patients may recover in spite of drugs … or because of them’ (Gaddum). This sums up the dilemma facing any doctor who prescribes a drug to a patient: it should certainly be the doctor’s explicit intention to do the patient some good, but the drug may actually harm the patient, and on rare occasions it can even kill them....

Chapter.  23515 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Medicine

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