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Catalog Higher Ed Health and Medical Drugs and Their Actions

Drugs and Their Actions

by Barbara S. Beckman

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Third Edition

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ISBN: 978-1-50669-793-2

262 pages

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About the Book

The faculty at Tulane University School of Medicine's Department of Pharmacology, along with senior graduate students, developed this text for use in their course designed to educate juniors and seniors about drugs and their mechanisms of action. Their efforts provide this general education in introductory pharmacology which has proven successful for teachers and learners.

The chapter organization is based on the experiences of the authors with regard to the rationale for presenting each drug class and principles associate with it. A glossary is provided because many terms are new to students.

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About the Author

Barbara S. Beckman, PhD graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and is currently Professor Emerita at Tulane University's Department of Pharmacology.

Dr. Beckman (now retired) held the positions of Tulane University School of Medicine professor of pharmacology and associate dean for admissions. An invaluable mentor to medical students, Dr. Beckman took on many roles throughout her career as a dedicated teacher and researcher. The 1968 Newcomb College graduate first joined the Department of Pharmacology faculty as a research assistant professor in 1980. Specializing in teaching courses on endocrine pharmacology, she became a tenured professor in 1994.

Dr. Beckman served as a Tulane Cancer Center contributing member, as interim chairman of the Department of Pharmacology from 2010 to 2011, and as director of the Molecular and Cellular Biology Interdisciplinary Graduate Program. Concentrating on cancer research within the field of pharmacology, she also published over 100 manuscripts on research funded by the National Institutes of Health and other grants.

During her time at Tulane, Dr. Beckman also aimed to inspire interdisciplinary student collaboration while giving back to the university.

Table of Contents

• Introduction and General Principles
• Molecular and Cellular Targets for Drugs
• Pharmacokinetics and Metabolism
• The Autonomic Nervous System
• The Parasympathetic Drugs: Cholinergic Agonists and Antagonists
• The Sympathetic Drugs: Adrenergic Agonists and Antagonists
• Analgesics and Autocoids
• Drugs Affecting the Respiratory System
• Gastrointestinal Drugs
• Drugs That Affect Blood
• Lipid Disorders
• Drugs and the Kidney
• Hypertension and Its Treatment
• Drugs Used to Treat Angina Pectoris and Heart Failure
• Antibiotics
• Cancer Chemotherapy and Gene Therapy
• Drugs and the Central Nervous System
• Drug Abuse and Society
• The Opioids
• Central Nervous System Stimulants
• Drugs for the Major Psychiatric Disorders
• Sedative/Hypnotic Drugs
• Alcohol
• Anesthetics
• Psychedelic Drugs
• Introduction to Hormones Used as Drugs and Sex Hormones
• Hormones of the Adrenal Cortex
• Insulin and Drugs for Diabetes
• Thyroid and Anti-Thyroid Drugs
• Poisonings and Their Treatment
• Cannabinoids
• Glossary