This volume, first published in 1991, provides a useful and informative introduction to basic pharmacological principles and practice in the context of tropical medicine and diseases. The author discusses the cultural and environmental factors that affect the use of drugs in the tropics. The book highlights the potential inconsistencies and incompatibilities arising from the use of traditional and orthodox medicine, which can account for the extensive misuse of modern drugs among populations where the two systems are practised. Whilst emphasis is primarily given to the treatment of a wide range of tropical diseases, such as malaria, bilharzia and sickle-cell disease, the underlying principles are also fully explained to provide a conceptual framework for the academic exploration of cultural, genetic, environmental and nutritional factors affecting drug use in the tropics. The author also gives a concise treatment of systematic pharmacology. This makes the volume a useful text for students and practitioners of medicine and pharmacologists and specialists in tropical medicine, and for graduates studying chemotherapy of parasitic diseases. It will also be an important source of reference for medical and pharmacy students.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 592
Weight: 860 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 33 mm
"Recommended for students needing an introductory pharmacology text and for those needing additional information on tropical applications." Choice
"This textbook is intended to give the pharmacology curriculum for medical, pharmacy, dentistry, and science students in tropical countries a beter orientation. Students in these regions will probably derive valuable insights." Journal of Medicinal Chemistry