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Farmakoterapijski Priručnik (A Handbook of Pharmacotherapy)

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Sestre Milosrdnice University hospital and Institute of Clinical Medical Research; [email protected]
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  • Medicine
  • Pharmacology

Abstract

11 Book Book Review Acta clin Croat, Vol. 39, No. 4, 2000 305 Acta clin Croat 2000; 39:305 FARMAKOTERAPIJSKI PRIRU»NIK (A HAND- BOOK OF PHARMACOTHERAPY), by Boæidar Vrhovac and Æeljko Reiner, eds. Med-Ekon, Zagreb, 2000, 706 pages. The third edition of the book Farmakoterapijski pri- ruËnik (A Handbook of Pharmacotherapy), edited by Boæidar Vrhovac and Æeljko Reiner, appeared at the be- ginning of 2000, at the very 20th anniversary of its first edition. Thumbing through the first and this, latest edi- tion reveals considerable advancements in the field of pharmacotherapy and presentation of new concepts in a very concise and transparent manner. The present edition contains a number of very useful new sections, such as general guidelines, drug side effects, drugs and sports, pre- scribing drugs to the elderly and children, and others. The Editors-in-Chief and 53 coauthors have succeeded in their intention to produce a Handbook that will be equally useful to all medical professionals, from medical students through general practitioners to specialists and pharma- cists. All drugs registered in the Republic of Croatia have been included in the Handbook, which is commendable, and which must have required great efforts to collect in- structions for use from numerous international pharma- ceutical industries. The Handbook provides up-to-date information, presenting all drugs registered in the Repub- lic of Croatia by June 30, 1999. The new Handbook has retained the good tradition from the first edition by providing an introduction to the chapters on the group of drugs for the treatment of par- ticular diseases (e.g., the treatment of anemias, infection, etc.).There are instructions for the prophylactic use of an- timicrobial agents, which remains a ‘sticking point’ for many professionals. The most extensive chapter of the book (80 pages) is dedicated, with good reason, to the management of systemic infections. This is no surprise, because these are most expensive drugs where rationaliza- t

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