Meyler's Side Effects of Drugs: The International Encyclopedia of Adverse Drug Reactions and Interactions
by Jeffrey K. Aronson
Fifteenth Edition - September 2006
Science & Technology Books
Building on the success of the 14 previous editions, this remarkable reference has been extensively reorganized and expanded and now comprises almost 1,500 individual drug articles providing the most complete coverage of adverse reactions and interactions found anywhere. Each article contains detailed and authoritative information about the adverse effects of each drug, with comprehensive references to the primary literature making this a must have for any academic or medical library, pharmacologist, regulatory organization, hospital dispensary or pharmaceutical company.
* Enhanced encyclopedic format with drug monographs now organised alphabetically
* Completely expanded coverage of each drug - thalidomide warranted three sentences in Meyler's 14th edition, but is now a 13 page extensive monograph
* Clearer, systematic organization of information for easier reading including case histories to provide perspective on each listing
* Extensive bibliography with over 40,000 references - Meyler's 15th edition incorporates all relevant citations from Meyler's 14th, but also includes relevant citations from previous editions of Meyler's and Side Effects of Drugs Annuals to give a historical perspective on the use and safety of drugs
Description: This encyclopedia is an extremely comprehensive compendium of the adverse effects of drugs, classifying these effects in an organ specific approach. Pertinent drug interactions are also featured. This is an update of a 2000 edition.
Purpose: The phrase "primum non nocere" or do no harm appears in the foreword. The reality of drug induced disease has certainly come to light with much effort and attention being placed on drug safety. With this encyclopedia, the practitioner is able to ascertain whether a patient's condition is iatrogenic/drug induced or idiopathic or, better yet, able to identify patients at risk for iatrogenic drug injury and develop strategies to prevent these events.
Audience: The audience certainly could include any professional who deals with the prescription or verification of medications (physicians/pharmacists/nurses), and the publication certainly would be worthwhile for those who study in the realm of pharmacoepidemiology. The editors and contributors include nearly 200 experts in their respective pharmacotherapy fields.
Features: The format has changed with this edition, which uses a monograph structure that features an individual drug or drug class. Previous editions used a chapter structure, mainly in the realm of organ specific adverse drug events. The monographs in this edition provide among the most complete explanations of a drug's particular adverse effects, covering the mechanism of the event, reported incidence, patient populations at risk, management of the event occurrence, to name just a fewhighlights. A complete index lists the drugs associated with a particular adverse effect, which of course refers the user to a particular monograph.
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