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Description - The Royal Society of Medicine: Medicines by Ian Morton

Fully Updated Sixth Edition - Over 1,800,000 Copies Sold Over 5,000 Over-The-Counter And Prescription Medicines Extensive Information On Side-Effects; Medicines is a vital companion for all users of medicine, whether parents buying for babies and children, anyone wanting more information on a doctor's prescription, or those who need to find a remedy for an occasional illness. Brand names and generic terms are listed in an A-Z format with full cross-referencing. Each entry provides essential information on which ailments a medicine treats, how it works, possible side-effects and warnings for special groups such as the elderly, children, and pregnant women. Where relevant, natural sources of drugs are mentioned. A glossary of illnesses and medical terms is included at the end.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780747559283
ISBN-10: 0747559287
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 40mm)
Pages: 608
Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 2-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - The Royal Society of Medicine: Medicines by Ian Morton

UK Kirkus Review » This is a compendium of over 5,000 different drugs, any one of which might be prescribed to any of us, should we develop a complaint which needs treatment. It ranges from the well known - aspirin, for instance, Lemsip or Earex ear drops - to the specialist such as nisoldipine and demeclocyline hydrochloride. The entries show what the drug may be used for, and any side effects that may result. Aspirin, as one might expect, has a long entry which among other things points out that it relieves mild pain and can be used in the treatment of heart disease, but that it has side-effects that may present a problem to nursing mothers or someone with a bleeding disorder. Lemsip, on the other hand, is merely a linctus containing lemon oil, citric acid and glycerol. Earex contains peanut oil, so may be dangerous to those with a nut allergy. The latter example is one reason why this book may be useful; it is not unreasonable that those of us with little or no medical knowledge might feel it a good idea to be able to check just what is being pumped into us. 'You can feel it doing you good!' went the old music-hall song. Maybe; but often there is a cost, and this book suggests what that cost might be. (Kirkus UK)


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Author Biography - Ian Morton

DR IAN MORTON is a former Lecturer in Pharmacology at University College London, and Senior Lecturer at King's College London. He is now a consultant editor and writer in pharmacology. DR JUDITH HALL has occupied various postdoctoral positions at King's College, London, and held a Wellcome Trust Medical Research Fellowship at the University of Surrey. She is a former Editor of the British Journal of Pharmacology.Both Dr Morton and Dr Hall have a keen interest in explaining about drugs and how they work to the non-specialist, and since 1988 have worked together both in writing and editing more than a dozen books, as well as numerous encyclopedia entries directed at the general public.

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